Seeds are getting ready to sprout, and the Kent Historical Society wants everyone to be ready for spring planting. In another of its continuing “Sunday Series” presentations, the Kent Historical Society, in collaboration with the Kent Garden Club, will host Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, who will present the hows and whys of preserving and growing heirloom seeds. The lecture will be held Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall.
Like all great libraries, the Hudson Valley Seed Library is filled with stories that have become essential elements of regional culture. But this library is dedicated to one of the most important parts of our horticultural heritage: seeds. Unlike heirloom antiques, seeds are alive and always changing. Their ever-evolving nature has led to the diversity of flowers, vegetables and herbs still with us today. The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a project Greene germinated in a small town library that has now blossomed into a company and farm devoted to producing organic seed for home gardeners and farmers, and fostering a regional seed-saving community.
Greene is a tireless advocate for seed diversity, security, and sovereignty, and for the cultural stories that celebrate farms and gardens. His engaging presentation will explore new ways of keeping seed heritage alive, from restoration to preservation, and growing the heirlooms of tomorrow. He is on the board of directors for Organic Seed Alliance and has given presentations at the NOFA-NY conference, Seed Savers Exchange, Young Farmers Conference, Culinary Institute of America, Organic Seed Conference, National Heirloom Expo, Cornell and many other organizations.
Hudson Valley Seed Library also celebrates seeds through art, and annually commissions original art for a select number of unique seed packs in its catalog.
For the 2015 collection, over 400 artists applied for only 16 available commissions. Greene will display some of the contemporary art commissioned by the Seed Library along with photos of the Seed Library Farm, in addition to speaking about easy, beautiful and tasty heirloom varieties for gardeners to grow at home.
Hudson Valley Seed Library memberships and a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds from the 2015 collection will be available for purchase following the program. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kent Historical Society.