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Community Seed Library

Information about seed saving, gardening, and local resources

Event Recordings

Seed Saving Workshop, November 2020

Jason Meyers Benner, Keezletown, VA

Join the Community Seed Library and Jason Myers-Benner for a seed saving demonstration! Learn practical seed saving techniques for several favorite vegetables in the home garden, including considerations regarding growing space, genetic diversity, and tips for successful seed saving. This virtual workshop is suited for beginner and experience seed-savers alike.
Jason has been gardening since the age of 4, and loving it. He and his partner Janelle and their three daughters live and farm together on 6 acres in Keezletown, VA. Chickens, ducks, pigs, gardens, and a few tree crops constitute their home farm. They see their home farming as an act of ecological and social justice, as well as a great way to live and raise a family. They work with a large variety of plants--grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables--all grown for their own use, and they save seeds from most of the varieties they grow. Jason is passionate about regionally appropriate plant and animal varieties, including conserving and promoting established varieties and developing new ones as needed. Jason loves the exchange of knowledge and philosophy, and likes nothing better than a good conversation about soils, plants, or animals and their relationships with and within families, homes, and communities. If you hang out with Jason for long, you will probably walk away with seeds in your pocket.

Swimming Against the Current, October 2020

Leons Kabongo, Young Jupiter Market Garden, Harrisonburg

A conversation with Leons about his Young Jupiter Market Garden and small-scale farming in the age of COVID-19. Leons will explore social, economic, and environmental injustice and discuss how we as individuals can re-vamp and restore a sense of dignity and goodness back into our minds, bodies, and spirits.
Leons Kabongo is the founder and manager of the Young Jupiter Market Garden at Our Community Place. Read more about Leons and the amazing story of the Young Jupiter Market Garden: