Area Gardeners Invited to Go To Seed

Bill McDorman, president of Seeds Trust, is dedicated to helping gardeners preserve heirloom varieties for future generations. Bill will present his “Going to Seed” presentation in Pueblo, Colo., on August 5. (Image and information courtesy of Seeds Trust.)

Legendary seedsman Bill McDorman, president of Seeds Trust, will bring his Going to Seed Summer Revival Tour to Pueblo on Thursday, August 5th.

The program, co-sponsored by Pueblo County and CSU Extension, helps promote the role of gardeners in saving heirloom seeds.

Bill’s presentation is one part exposé on the need to address diversity, regional adaptability and food security by saving seeds, and one part seed saving techniques.

In the late 1980s, Bill was so concerned about the globalization of the seed market and the proliferation of hybrid American seeds, he traveled behind the Iron Curtain searching for open-pollinated, cold-tolerant varieties.

While in Russia, Bill was given seeds to many heirloom treasures from gardeners who did so under severe penalty if caught.

Ever since then, Bill has sung the praises of the Russian people, their glorious seeds and the seed saving rituals that accompanied them. The seeds themselves have gone on to become famous. In the 90’s Bill received an ad from a paper in Tanzania, advertising the world’s best tomato for $5 a seed! It was Sasha’s Altai, personally carried back to the U.S. by Bill in 1989.

Bill is a well-respected seedsman and is known for presentations that include both historical and philosophical perspectives.

Tickets for the program are available only in advance and can be purchased through the CSU Extension at 719-583-6566.

A question and answer session with Bill begins at 6:00 p.m.  with the program following from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Municipal Justice Center, Community Room, 200 S. Main in Pueblo.


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