Seed Saving 101 – Isthmus

press release: Have you ever wanted to save the seeds of your hard-earned harvest, but didn’t know where to start? Want to carry over your bumper harvest of Driftless-acclimated cucumbers and peppers into a new season?

On Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m., the Driftless Seed Project is partnering with Back Home Farm of Blue Mounds to offer a free introductory workshop on saving and storing seeds, followed by a tour of Doug’s organic family farm. and Karin Butikofer. Up to thirty registrants will learn the basics of the centuries-old tradition of harvesting and storing seeds of edible plants from an experienced team of growers and naturalists.

The workshop and the visit are free, but registration is compulsory for a maximum of thirty participants. To register, go to and search for “farm tour”, or call 608-437-6486.

Back Home Farm comprises an eight-acre parcel of drift-free land, with two acres currently in active production. The property also has 1.5 acres of woodland, an open meadow, an orchard of ancient fruit trees, a small vineyard of cold hardy grapes and an apiary using natural beekeeping practices. Here, Butikofer produces non-GMO, open-pollinated and heirloom seed varieties.

This program is presented by the Driftless Seed Project, an initiative of Back Home Farm (Blue Mounds, WI), Mount Horeb Area Community Garden, Mount Horeb Area Historical Society and naturalist/educator Catherine Young. The Driftless Seed Project aims to educate about the intersection of sustainable agriculture and cultural heritage, by identifying and sharing locally grown seeds and their stories from the Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin.

For more information, call 608-437-6486 or email [email protected]

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