Once a year we open up our farm, which is also our home, to the caring farmers and gardeners who grow with us.We hope you'll come visit, take a tour, enjoy listening to our special guest speaker Margaret Roach, taste some unusual heirlooms, and try your hand at threshing and winnowing seed.
About the Seed Library Farm:
The Seed Library farm is unique in many ways. Set back in a protected field surrounded by woods, the farm is reached through overgrown acres of old Catskill resort with the ruins of a hotel, kitchen building, ballroom, boarding houses, concession stand, shacks, bunk houses, and more.
Over the years we've been fixing up what we can save and turning the buildings into our homes, workshop, art studio, barn, and soon the new Seed Library digs. In September we'll be tearing down the buildings that are too far gone to renovate- this is your last chance to see them and bid them farewell!
The farm itself is unlike and other farm in our region. Here, plants are grown not for food, but for their seeds. Our certified organic, bio-intensive seed farm is a dense microcosm of incredible diversity.
This tour is a chance to catch a glimpse of plants expressing stages of their life-cycles that most growers never see. Bring your camera and a picnic lunch!
Day to Be Seedy Schedule of Events:
9:30 Check in, Parking, Community Seed Return Table (ongoing)
10:00 First Farm Tour with Ken Greene, Founder of the Seed Library
10:00 Seed Saving Demonstrations and Taste Tests
11:15 Special Guest Speaker Margaret Roach. Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days.
Expressions commonly heard each September like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret Roach. She has worked for more than 20 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. Meet the plants and the philosophy that make it happen, delivered with a dose of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo.”
Margaret Roach, after 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, now writes the nationally acclaimed blog A Way to Garden and is author of the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” about walking away from “success” for a quieter life lived closer to nature. Her newest book, “The Backyard Parables” (published January 2013) blends garden memoir and how-to advice. “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said of it: “As a passionate, hopeful and often self-delusional gardener (the only kind of gardener there is!). I loved this gorgeous book. Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.”
Book signing to follow talk.
12:30 Second Farm Tour with Ken
12:30 Seed Saving Demonstrations and Taste Tests
1:30-3 Picnic and tour of the whole property.