Saving seed is an art and a science that has been practiced all over the world since the time agriculture emerged...
"We are on the verge of losing in one generation, much of the agricultural diversity it took humankind 10,000 years to create. As late as 1900, food for the planet's hungry was provided by as many as 1,500 different plants, each further represented by thousands of different cultivated varieties. Today over 90% of the world's nutrition is provided by 30 different plants and only four (wheat, rice, corn and soybeans) provide 75% of the calories consumed by man. Where once diverse strains strengthened each local ecosystem, currently, a handful of "green revolution", super-hybrid varieties are "mono-cropping" farms and gardens worldwide."
"For approximately 10,000 years, individual gardeners and farmers created and sustained our rich genetic heritage. Now gardeners and farmers can play an important role in saving it by learning to save their own seeds from varieties that perform best in their own mini-ecosystems. This will assure diversity in the same the way that diversity was promoted and protected instinctively throughout the history of agriculture."
-International Seed Saving Institute Website
At Graze the Roof we started saving seed about 6 months ago and are slowly building up a seed library that will nurture our garden for years to come and serve as a resource for our community.
On Sunday November 4th, join artist/scientists Zoey Kroll and Suzanne Husky for an experiential workshop on 'Seed Saving.'
Go on a 'Seed Walk' around the garden and learn techniques and strategies for saving seasonal vegetable and flower seed
Discuss the burgeoning seed library movement and design a system for Graze the Roof
Learn about appropriate seed storage and seed packaging
Leave with a holistic understanding of this ancient art and science and a dozens of seeds for your own home, community or school garden
RSVP for this FREE community workshop to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Graze the Roof is an edible, community-produced vegetable garden on the rooftop of Glide Memorial Church, a progressive church and nonprofit located in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.
Graze the Roof features lightweight (upcycled) raised garden beds made from milk crates; a worm composting system and an educational mural which ties the whole project together. Glide youth and volunteers from throughout the Bay Area maintain the garden and host monthly tours and workshops.
Join us for our community workdays, workshops and rooftop garden tours!
Additionally, we are looking for dedicated volunteers/interns/creationists to play a leading role in the development and continued success of Graze the Roof. There are a wide range of opportunities available - from hands on gardening and construction activities to community outreach, workshop facilitation, gardening education, fundraising and research and development.
If would like to be a dedicated volunteer, please contact Graze the Roof's project manager, Lindsey Goldberg at: email@example.com for more information and to RSVP for one or more workdays/workshops.
Our Garden Wish List
Garden Supplies and Equipment
- Chickens and chicken coop
- Bees and Beekeeping Equipment
- Rainwater Catchment System
- Outdoor sink/wash station
- Outdoor solar cooker
- Protective roof mats for underneath our garden beds
- Shade structure/sail for hot and rainy days
- A camera
- Sustainability and gardening books to expand our library
- Outdoor bulletin board in a weather proof case - 8'long x 4'tall
- Secure storage lockers for volunteers
- 12 indoor compost bins with lids
- White outdoor light strings to string around the outer edge of the garden
- Outdoor weather station
- Hummingbird Feeder
- Outdoor Wall Clock
- 9-10lb. Hanging Scale
- Five garden trowels
- Five small hand shovels
- Three watering cans
- Two pruning sheers
- Four hammers
- One Power Drill
- Colored Pencils
- 40 five gallon food grade containers
- A Cusinart food processor
- Mini choppers (those little choppers w enclosed blades)
- Kitchen towels
- Twelve cutting boards
- Twelve child sized aprons
- Twelve 8'' chefs knives