Field Day on Collecting and Growing Native Seeds

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Horsetail milkweed (Asclepias subverticillata) by I. Jenniches CC BY 2.0

Join us on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds (3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507) for a hands-on workshop on collecting and growing seeds from the native plants that support our native pollinators.

10:00am Welcome Tom Dominguez, Santa Fe County Extension Agent
10:05am Introduction to native plant materials development and native seed collection practices and applications, Maria Mullins, Assistant Southwest Director, Institute for Applied Ecology
10:20am Growing native plants to support biodiversity and soil health, Isabelle Jenniches, co-founder, NM Healthy Soil Working Group
10:30am Tour of Native Plant Demonstration Garden, Pam Wolfe, Co-Project Leader, Santa Fe Native Plant Project
10:45am Hands-on native seed collecting of cowpen daisy (Verbesina encelioides), horsetail milkweed (Asclepias subverticillata), and blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella and Gaillardia aristate).
11:15am Hands-on seed cleaning using screens and seed aspirator
Noon-1pm Lunch (provided by Seeding Regenerative Agriculture)

Please bring a hat, gloves, water, sunscreen and sturdy shoes.

This program is presented by SFEMG Seed Stewards in partnership with the Institute for Applied EcologySanta Fe Native Plant Project (SNaPP)New Mexico Healthy Soil Working Group, and Seeding Regenerative Agriculture.


The Santa Fe Seed Stewards Project is a public education program of the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association. Its mission is to promote the awareness and importance of our seeds as the most elemental source of everything we depend on – food, clothing, and shelter. Many gardeners, farmers, and the public have lost touch with where our food and other resources come from. We have outsourced seed production to biotech and agribusiness. We have forgotten that the seeds we save and share are an expression of our culture, our values, and our shared history. Seeds that survive and thrive preserve and contribute to biodiversity that ensures resilience to the vicissitudes of climate, drought, and natural and un-natural disasters. We have an opportunity to regain an awareness and appreciation for the simple and complex miracle of our seeds; to select and collect them; to save and share them; to reclaim and reestablish locally adaptive traits.


The Institute for Applied Ecology is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Corvallis, Oregon and Santa Fe, New Mexico. We’re committed to the conservation of native species and habitats. Our mission is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. Our vision is a world where all people and wildlands are healthy and interact positively, biological diversity flourishes, and environmental challenges are met with a social commitment to solving problems with scientific principles.

Cowpen Daisy (verbesina encelioides) by Isabelle Jenniches
Cowpen Daisy (verbesina encelioides) seeds by Patrick Alexander on Flickr

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