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Bevin Cohen

Small House Farm

MI Seed Library

www.smallhousefarm.com

Bevin Cohen is an author, herbalist, seed saver and owner of Small House Farm in Michigan. He offers workshops and lectures nationwide on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs and locally-grown food. Bevin is a freelance writer and videographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms, Grit Magazine, and the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company catalog. He is the author of Saving Our Seeds and The Artisan Herbalist. You can learn more about Bevin’s work at www.smallhousefarm.com.

Bevin is speaking in Texas, Pennsylvania and is a contributor to Mother Earth News Fair Online.

Workshops

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Swaps and Seed Libraries

Learn all about the important role that seed swaps and seed libraries play in a preserving history, building community and supporting a localized food system. Bevin will not only highlight the significance of these programs, but will also show you the steps to establish a seed library or organize a seed swap for your community!
Seed Saving

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Seed-Saving Basics

Build a firm foundation of seed-saving knowledge with this introductory, 101-style video. Learn the difference between heirloom, hybrid, and GMO seeds; gather the equipment you'll need for successful seed harvesting; and discover why this traditional practice is still so valuable today!
Seed Saving

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Seed Swaps and Seed Libraries: How to build sustainable communities by sharing seeds

This energetic presentation from author Bevin Cohen highlights the importance of community seed-sharing programs. Learn why planting, saving, and sharing seeds is essential to the cultivation of sustainable neighborhoods and healthy communities. Discover how to organize a seed swap, establish a seed library, and cultivate healthy changes for your community, from the soil up.
Organic Gardening Nature and Community

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Seed Stories

Learn how the living history of our heirloom seeds is just as important as the seeds themselves. In this video, Bevin shares exciting tales of heritage fruits and vegetables that have traveled the world, influencing the countries and cultures they encountered along the way. By saving and sharing seeds, we're also saving the history, cultures, and stories of the many generations of growers that have tended these precious seeds before us.
Seed Saving

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Seed Storage Basics

Once you've learned to harvest and clean your precious seeds, you'll need to know how to properly package and store them to maintain their health and viability! In this video, Bevin walks us through the various storage options available to the seed saver to help the viewer determine which method is best suited to their needs. This video also shows examples of seed storage from a number of well-known seed vaults around the world, including the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault located in Norway!
Seed Saving

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Seed Saving 101: How to save your garden seeds

Learn how to save heirloom seeds from your garden, and enjoy a bountiful harvest for years to come! In this fun and informative presentation, author and seed saver Bevin Cohen discusses the difference between open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO seeds as well as how to harvest, process, and store seeds from dozens of your favorite garden varieties. He also covers the details of pollination, isolation techniques, and the importance of preserving genetic diversity. This workshop includes live demonstrations of seed-saving techniques, and participants leave with a working knowledge of how to incorporate this ancient practice into their gardens at home!
Modern Homesteading Organic Gardening

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Pollination and Varietal Purity

In order to be a successful seed saver, one must first understand how seeds are made! This video is packed full of useful information on flower structure and pollination, isolation distancing, blossom bagging and hand pollination techniques to ensure true-to-type seed purity
Seed Saving

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Living an Herbal Life: Crafting teas, tinctures and oils at home

Join herbalist and author Bevin Cohen for a fun and informative herbal exploration. Discover the benefits of various cultivated and foraged herbs and explore why developing a relationship with our herbal allies is more important now than ever before. Learn more about the histories and uses of many herbs as well as the basics of crafting a number of herbal wellness products.
Herbal Health

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Harvesting and Processing Wet Seeds

Many of our favorite garden crops produce "wet seeds." Bevin shows us just how easy it is to harvest, clean, and process these types of seeds; including melons, squash, and peppers. Learn tips and tricks to quickly extract ground cherry, tomatillo, and eggplant seeds, as well as how and why to ferment certain seeds, such as tomatoes and cucumbers.
Seed Saving

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Harvesting and Processing Dry Seeds

This is where the seed-saving fun begins! In this video, Bevin demonstrates various methods for harvesting and cleaning "dry seeds," including threshing, screening, and winnowing. Learn how to thresh and winnow a number of different seed types, including beans, peas, radishes, and kale!
Seed Saving

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