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Winter Seed Sowing Demo

Thursday, January 26, 11am – noon
Kress Pavilion, Egg Harbor

Offered as part of the Kress Pavilion Winter Open House Event (9 am to 6 pm)

The Door County Seed Library is hosting a Successful Winter Seed Sowing demonstration by veteran gardener Karen Kidd, a Door County resident and former Door County Master Gardener. Karen has been happily practicing winter sowing techniques for years.

Winter sowing is a fun and exciting technique for growing hardy and beautiful plants, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. And you can start as early as January! You can get your garden started without the fuss of seed starting kits, heat lamps, and yards of counter space.

Guests can also pick up free seeds and enter to win a Winter Seed Sowing kit!

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“Planning and Planting for Seed Saving” by Bevin Cohen

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 to 8 pm
Crossroads at Big Creek

Presented in collaboration with the Door County Master Gardeners Association and Crossroads at Big Creek

Proper garden planning in the spring means a successful seed harvest in the fall! Learn how to properly plant your seed garden with author and seed saver Bevin Cohen. Bevin will cover important topics such as spacing and isolation distances to ensure varietal purity, flower structure, pollination and basic seed saving equipment and techniques. Bevin will also share some of his favorite varieties for beginning seed savers, some interesting and different crops to try and information about pollinator partner plants. Copies of Bevin’s books, including his latest, Grow Great Vegetables, will be available for purchase after his talk.

Bevin Cohen is an award-winning author, herbalist, seed saver and owner of Small House Farm in Michigan. He offers workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs, and locally grown food. Bevin is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Mother Earth News, Modern Farmer Magazine and The Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation. He’s the author or editor of more than ten books, including Saving Our Seeds, The Artisan Herbalist and his latest, Grow Great Vegetables in Wisconsin. Learn more about Bevin’s work at

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Welcome to the world of gardening and seed saving!

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The Door County Seed Library is a free seed project committed to preserving and nurturing heritage seeds and local Door County garden history through education, seed sharing, and seed saving.

Why save seeds?
Humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years, but in the last 100 years much of that knowledge has been lost, along with significant plant biodiversity. When you grow and save your own seeds, you can:
• Help promote and preserve biodiversity – think variety!
• Develop seed stock that is well suited to our unique local climate
• Grow healthy food for your family
• Save money!
• Promote pollinator-friendly plants
We encourage, but don’t require, all members to learn basic seed-saving techniques.
When you participate in the Door County Seed Library, you help to create a culture of sharing and abundance.

Become a seed steward!
We encourage all gardeners to learn basic seed saving techniques.
We are looking for local seed stewards to help grow out and save our seeds. We’ll provide you with guidelines to properly grow and save seeds to ensure that the purity of each variety remains intact. Contact us for more info!
Learn more
• Visit us on Facebook
• Take seed saving classes
• Read about seed saving at your library
• Talk to experienced seed-savers
• Keep good garden records

Support our seed library
The Door County Seed Library is supported by volunteers and donations.
Please contact us at

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