Tom Stearns, March 15 2012, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Tom Stearns, founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds, to speak on the importance of locally-based sustainable food systems.

Slow Food Seacoast and the Heirloom Harvest Project will host Tom Stearns, president of High Mowing Organic Seed Company and the Center for Agricultural Economy in Vermont, for a discussion of tools for building healthy food systems at the Portsmouth Pearl, 45 Pearl St in Portsmouth on March 15, 2012. The evening will include a mixer from 5:30-6 pm with appetizers and a cash bar featuring local beer and wine. Tom Stearns will speak at 6 followed by a discussion and seed exchange. All seed savers are encouraged to bring their seeds to trade. Admission is free but space is limited. Please register here to receive a ticket for this event.

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seeds_in_jars_2011The Seacoast of NH is an area in which support of local food communities and locally owned businesses is thriving. As we look for even more ways in which to grow our community, we welcome Tom Stearns, who will present ideas around how re-built food systems can support health on all levels – healthy environments, healthy economies, healthy communities and healthy bodies. Prepare to be inspired with hope for the future and a desire to participate in meaningful stewardship of our planet!

Attendees are asked to take an active participation in this event by bringing seeds to share and swap. As spring approaches, planting time is upon us and all gardeners and seed savers can help grow our local food system by helping our community grow their own food.

tom_stearns1Tom Stearns is the founder of High Mowing Seeds, an independently owned 5-acre farming operation that grows and sells hybrid and open-pollinated organic seeds. In addition to their own property, High Mowing sources seed from other certified organic growers. Stearns is also a leader of an agricultural renaissance among the farming communities around Hardwick, Vt., which has been cited recently as a model of sustainable agriculture in the recent book by Ben Hewitt, The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food. Stearns has served on the boards of numerous agricultural organizations, most notably as president of The Center for an Agricultural Economy since 2008 and co-president of NOFA-VT since 2004.