Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Saving Seeds” Program at Library

Janell is standing by GPL's Seed Library.
Janell Weiss says the time to start saving seeds correctly is when you plant them in the spring! To stay true-to-type they must be separated by distance so they aren’t mixed - she can tell you how to do this for various crops with different techniques for tomatoes, green beans etc.

Come to her free workshop at the Greenville Public Library on Thursday May 21st at 6:30! She’ll give a Power Point presentation and distribute printed materials. Her goal is to make sure the seeds you borrow from the Seed Library produce true-to-type from heirloom and open-pollinated seeds that can be used next year.

She is currently with the Darke County Soil & Water District and has a Masters Degree in Water Resources Engineering from Virginia Tech. Her experience in farming, food nutrients, soil health, and water quality is impressive. Currently her job is to investigate complaints against livestock producers. She also helps with the City of Greenville Storm Water Program.

Her main tools are education and outreach so that pollution issues can be resolved and that farmers are compliant with applying fertilizers - with the goal to make sure that what they’re doing is beneficial financially and environmentally. She does a lot of workshops.

Janell grew up in Versailles and was active in 4H. She spent time in the Peace Corp in Panama and Central America - part of a team of cyclists who went from village to village teaching gardening. As an undergrad at OSU she studied a year at the Monterey Institute of Technology in Mexico and later worked at Green Eagle Gardens, an organic farm in Athens Ohio.

She has much to teach and will also do a class in June on natural pest control. Expect a delightful evening. Light refreshments will be served.

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