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Stories in Seed Breeding - Colored Cotton and Ancient Wheat
UCSC Hay Barn
Santa Cruz, CA
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Sunday Oct 27, 2019 9:30 AM - Sunday Oct 27, 2019 12:00 PM | Free - $30.00


Stories in Seed Breeding - Colored Cotton and Ancient Wheat
Explore both sides of the seed breeding equation: selecting for specific traits in cotton to produce a whole new product and preserving ancient genetic diversity in wheat so it isn't lost forever.

Meet Sally Fox, founder of Vreseis Limited, located on a biodynamic farm in the Capay Valley. Long time fiber artist and farmer, Sally was the first to breed machine spin-able and launder-able naturally colored cotton, selecting for brown and green variations in the crop.  She also worked closely with Monica Spiller to ramp up production of stone age Sonoran wheat.
Sally will describe the process of breeding cotton to select for natural variations in color, resulting in a unique, naturally colored organic cotton fiber. Then she will tell the story of resurrecting ancient Sonoran Wheat in response to commercial over-breeding. She will describe how this heritage grain went from an obscure, archived seed material to being produced on over 100 farms in California. Attendees will sample some bread made with this very special wheat.

She will provide tips on how to grow winter wheat in your own backyard. After planting a small plot on the farm, attendees will go home with some Sonoran Wheat seed to plant or eat, along with a few recipes. Samples of her unique cotton fabrics will also be available to see and purchase.

Online registration costs: $30 for general public, $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members and Master Gardeners. Or add $10 and pay at the door (cash or check only). UCSC students pay $5. Please be prepared to show ID.

Click here if you're interested in finding out about how to join the Friends of the Farm & Garden.

If you prefer to pre-register for this class by mail (no service charge), please send a check made payable to UC Regents to:

Vanessa Ackermann
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95064
attn: Seed saving workshop

Please include your contact information (phone and email) How you heard and your city with your check.

For directions to the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn on the UC Santa Cruz campus, please see the CASFS website.

Click here to see additional food system & gardening events sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems.


UCSC Hay Barn (View)
94 Ranch View Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States


Education > Classes
Other > Green

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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