International Seed Library Forum Schedule of Events

Tucson is proud to host the first International Seed Library Forum on May 3-6, 2015.

Panel discussions will cover a wide range of topics, and special events include field trips, a seed swap, a literary reading event, and a documentary screening. Read more about the forum in the media release.

Registration is closed, but the general public is invited to attend the evening events.

This schedule of events is subject to change.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
1:00-4:00PM

Registration Packet Pick-Up
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, First Floor, 101 North Stone Ave.

Field Trip: Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace Mission Garden

The Mission Garden is a re-creation of the Spanish Colonial walled garden that was part of Tucson’s historic San Agustin Mission. Rebuilt on its original site and located west of downtown Tucson, the Garden features heirloom plants as well as living and Timeline Gardens, interpreting 4,000 years of Tucson agriculture. Transportation will be on your own to the garden at the corner of Mission Road and Mission Lane. Participants may arrive directly at the garden or, if traveling by streetcar, Mission Garden volunteers will meet you at the “Cushing St./Convento” Streetcar stop every half hour and walk you to the garden. Iskashitaa Refugee Network will be represented.

Open House: Seed Library of the Pima County Public Library
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, First Floor, 101 North Stone Ave.

Get an informal introduction to the Seed Library of the Pima County Public Library, which launched in January of 2012 and has since grown to eight library locations. Library customers can browse for seeds in person or request seeds to be placed on “hold” to be picked-up at any one of the 27 library locations throughout Pima County.

5:30-9:00 PM

5:30 PM: Seed Swap
The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Blvd.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your seeds to share! The seed swap will include seed donations from seed organizations and libraries, as well as seeds and cuttings from community members.

7:00-8:30 PM: Film Screening of “Seeds of Time
8:30-8:50 PM: Q&A with Cary Fowler following screening

The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Blvd.

“Seeds of Time” follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler's global journey to save the eroding foundation of our food supply in a new era of climate change. Stay for the Q&A with Cary Fowler, Special Advisor, Global Crop Diversity Trust. Tickets are free for conference participants. General admission price for the public.


MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
8:30 AM-8:30 PM

8:30-9:00 AM: Registration Packet Pick-Up
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

9:00-10:45 AM: Welcome and Keynotes
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Gary Nabhan, University of Arizona

Welcome
Pima County Public Library, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Edible Baja Arizona

Speakers
Cary Fowler, Special Advisor, Global Crop Diversity Trust
"From Community Seed Bank Kits to Seed Libraries: A Brief History of American Community Seed Access Movement"

Rebecca Newburn, Richmond Grows and Seed Library Social Network
"Face, Place, Story: The Origin of Seed Libraries"

Justine Hernandez, Pima County Public Library
"Seed Libraries Come to the Old Pueblo"


10:45-11:00 AM  Break


11:00 AM-12:20 PM: Regulatory Challenges to Seed Libraries
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Cynthia Anson, University of Arizona and Native Seeds/SEARCH

Panelists
Neil Hamilton, Drake University Agricultural Law Center; Neil Thapar, Sustainable Economies Law Center; John Torgrimson, Seed Savers Exchange; Jacob Kearey-Moreland, Toronto Seed Library and The Seed Library Commons


12:20-1:40 PM  Lunch on your own in Downtown Tucson


1:45-3:15 PM: Concurrent Panels (1a and 1b)

Panel 1a: Oral Histories & Cultural Memory-Banking Documentation for Seed Libraries
Drachman Institute, 44 North Stone Ave. (across from Joel D. Valdez Main Library)

Moderator
Laurel Bellante, University of Arizona

Panelists
Maribel Alvarez, Southwest Folklife Alliance; Virginia Nazarea, University of Georgia; Jim Veteto, Western North Carolina University; Jeanette Hart-Mann and Chrissie Orr

Panel 1b: Roundtable on Establishing Protocols for Seed Library Management in Public Libraries
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Betsy Goodman, Common Soil

Panelists
Jeau Allen, Aravaipa Heirlooms; David King, Seed Library of Los Angeles; Rene Tanner, Arizona State University; Kelly Wilson, Pima County Public Library


3:15-3:30 PM  Break


3:30-4:50 PM: Concurrent Panels (2a and 2b)

Panel 2a: Lessons Learned from Seed Lenders: Evaluating Seed Library Outreach and Educational Needs
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Susannah Connor, Pima County Public Library

Panelists
Justine Hernandez, Pima County Public Library; Betsy Goodman, Common Soil; Rebecca Newburn, Richmond Grows; Cindy Conner, author; Rene Tanner, Arizona State University; Jacob Kearey-Moreland, Toronto Seed Library and The Seed Library Commons

Panel 2b: The Role of Non-Profits in Assisting with Seed Libraries
Drachman Institute, 44 North Stone Ave. (across from Joel D. Valdez Main Library)

Moderator
Joy Hought, Native Seeds/SEARCH

Panelists
Ashely Stinnett, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA); Bill McDorman, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance; Francesca Claverie, Boderlands Restoration; John Torgrimson, Seed Savers Exchange; Melissa Mundt, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona


5:00-6:45 PM  Dinner on your own in Downtown Tucson


7:00-8:30 PM: Celebration of Seeds Literary Reading
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Alison Deming, Author, Professor

The reading will feature Scott Chaskey (farmer-poet, author of Seedtime) and Gary Paul Nabhan (orchardkeeper-writer, Enduring Seeds and Sown By Hand). Literature will be available for purchase from Native Seeds/SEARCH.


TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
8:30AM-8:30PM

8:30-10:00 AM: Plenary Sessions

8:30-9:00 AM: Seed Library Demonstration
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Speaker
Kelly Wilson, Pima County Public Library

The demonstration will include an introduction to the seed database and the cataloging method of the seed library.

9:00-9:30 AM: Shaping a Joint Resolution in Defense of Seed Libraries: What’s Next?
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Facilitators
Neil Thapar, Sustainable Economies Law Center and Neil Hamilton, Drake University Agricultural Law Center

9:30-10:00 AM: Keynote Speaker – Michael McDonald, CEO, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona: "Seed Libraries, Food Banks, and Food Relief"


10:00-10:15 AM  Break


10:15-11:45 AM: Concurrent Panels (3a and 3b)

Panel 3a: Roundtable – Additional Means of Securing Community Access to Seeds and Food Plants from SNAP to Gleaning
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 2nd Floor, Idea Space, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Laurel Bellante, University of Arizona

Panelists
Katie Berger, Co-Founder & Cultivator, Toronto Seed Library, Barbara Eiswerth, Director, Iskashitaa Refugee Network; Jamie Lynn Sullivan, Food System Coordinator, Mariposa Community Health Center; Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Panel 3b: Publicizing Seed Libraries and Their Missions in Your Community
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Kenya Johnson, Pima County Public Library

Panelists
Megan Kimble, Edible Baja Arizona; Abbie Zeltzer, Patagonia Community Library; Kenya Johnson, Pima County Public Library; Jeanette Hart-Mann and Chrissie Orr, SeedBroadcast


11:45 AM-1:15 PM  Lunch on your own in Downtown Tucson

The Tucson Food Truck Rally is serving lunch on the Jácome Plaza outside
the Main Library from 11 AM-3 PM.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations will include piñatas, flags, Mexican flowers, face painting, cascarones, and a demonstration on making tortillas. Proceeds will benefit Food for Horses.


1:20-2:40 PM: Concurrent Panels (4a and 4b)

Panel 4a: Providing Seed Access for Beginning Farmers
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 2nd Floor, Idea Space, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Kelly Young, Maricopa College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Cooperative Extension

Panelists
Jeau Allen, Aravaipa Heirlooms; Tarenta Baldeschi, Avalon Gardens; Toby Cain, Seeds Saver Exchange; Lynda Prim, Native Seeds/SEARCH; Jessica Suda, Greenhorns

Panel 4b: Growing the Seed Movement Forward: How Seed Libraries Can Work with School & Youth Garden Programs to Nurture Future Seed Savers
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Sarah Kelly-Richards, University of Arizona Community and School Garden Program

Panelists
Raevyn Crews, Maxwell Gay, and Alfredo Vazquez, City High School Urban Farmers; Joy Hought, Native Seeds/SEARCH; David King, Seed Library of Los Angeles; Sarah Kelly-Richards and Morgan Apicella, University of Arizona/Tucson Unified School District School Garden Program


2:40-3:00 PM  Break


3:00-4:20 PM: Panel 5

Panel 5: What’s Next for Seed Libraries?
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderator
Larrie Warren, Native Seeds/SEARCH

Panelists
Cindy Conner, Author; Betsy Goodman, Common Soil Seed Library; Justine Hernandez, Pima County Public Library; Bill McDorman, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance; Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

4:20-4:40 PM: Reading and Signing of a Joint Resolution
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room, 101 North Stone Ave.

Moderators
Bill McDorman and Belle Starr, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance

5:30-8:30 PM: Tamalada Celebration and Benefit In Defense of Maize Diversity
Mercado de San Agustin, 100 South Avenida del Convento, #200

A benefit for the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace and the Jardín Botánico de Oaxaca, with a native maize tamale “graze around,” and music by Aztral Folk.

Visit the Friends of Tucson's Birthplace website for information about tickets, which must be purchased by April 29. Tickets are $25/person and includes two tamales, rice, beans and a soft drink. Other drinks and food will be available for purchase.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
9:00-11:00 AM

9:00-11:00 AM: Seed Banking Science Workshop at Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center
Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 East River Rd. (map)

Presenters
Joy Hought, Lynda Prim, Melissa Kruse-Peeples.

In this informal workshop, Native Seeds/SEARCH staff scientists will discuss the science and day to day work of seed conservation, from managing small seed libraries to other kinds of community- and conservation-oriented seed banks. Learn about how the collection is curated, seed storage protocols, germination, and viability testing, as well as regionally important landraces and their history.

This event is free and open to forum participants.