Seed to Soil 2017 Program

Seed to Soil LogoSeed to Soil Garden Conference and Seed Share

Saturday March 11, 2017
10 – 5pm

Seacoast Waldorf School, 403 Maine 236, Eliot ME.


Thank you for your interest in the Third Annual Seed to Soil Conference! We are looking forward to a great day of learning and sharing. Here are some more details to help you enjoy your day.

Download the Conference Schedule (pdf)

Buy Tickets $25 General /$20 Members and Educators. Tickets also available at the door (Cash or Check only).

10:00 – 11:30 Cooking Demonstration
The conference begins with a cooking workshop led by Evan Mallett, Chef-Owner of Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth and author of Black Trumpet: A Chef’s Journey Through Eight New England Seasons. This workshop has limited space. Click this link to save your spot!

11:30 – 12:30 Potluck Lunch
Please join in for a shared meal. As part of our Slow Food tradition, we challenge you to bring something that has at least one locally grown ingredient. Your dish should serve approx 12 people. We request that you BYO Place setting: dishes, cups, flatware, serving utensil and so on.  There is a kitchen available for warming food up if needed.


12:45 – 2:00
Seed Libraries: How to Save, Grow and Replenish Local Seeds
Andrea Cadwell, Seeds of Community, Peterborough NH.

Andrea Cadwell  is passionate about creating equity in food systems and vibrant economies that work in consonance with our natural resources. She has developed educational programs focused on the environment and agriculture for students of all ages in the US and in India. Andrea has worked with Vandana Shiva and rural farmers throughout India developing local seed banks and helping farmers return to traditionally sustainable farming practices.

NH Harvest of the Month, a new program for schools and organizations
Stacey Purslow, Coordinator, NH Farm to School, UNH.

Stacey Purslow, DTR, is the Program Coordinator for the NH Farm to School Program. She started the position in June 2009. She holds a culinary degree, a BFA in photography from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of UNH’s Thompson School, where she studied nutrition and dietetics. She has also completed her training in the Master Gardener’s Program through UNH Cooperative Extension. Stacey has spent many years in the food service industry, most recently with the Headstart program in Strafford County, and before that as a restaurant owner.

2:15 – 3:30
Sheet Mulch and  Compost: Create Soil, Feed Soil
Any Antonucci Seacoast Permaculture Group.

Healthy soil is the key to resilient plants that are resistant to pests and diseases.  Learn about permacultural “sheet mulching” and composting to create, nurture and protect your soil ecosystem.
Amy Antonucci worked on an organic farm and CSA for 10 years before becoming a certified permaculture designer and focusing on her own homestead.  She keeps bees, poultry, goats and gardens at Living Land Permaculture Homestead in Barrington, NH.

Attracting Pollinators to your Home or School Garden
Angie Hammond, USDA Forest Service, Durham NH.

Angie works for the US Forest Service, and she provides technical assistance in the areas of pollinator and Monarch butterfly conservation, forest health, and insect identification. As part of her work, Angie assesses quality of pollinator and Monarch habitat on federal lands, and maintains foraging and nesting habitat for pollinators at the Durham, NH field office. In addition to her interest in pollinators, Angie enjoys gardening, photography and hiking. Angie can be contacted at

CLICK HERE to download more information about pollinator gardens.

3:30 – 4:30

Seed Sharing.  Many of us save our own seeds or end up purchasing more seeds than we can grow in one or two seasons. Instead of letting those seeds grow old and lose their vitality, why not share and swap for some other varieties? Bring your stash – we will have extra seed envelopes for you to divide and gather more seeds.

Hands-On Demonstration: Come do some planting and get some green growing with this fun living Easter basket project.