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Virtual Community Agriculture Conference 2022

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - March 5 @ 12:00 pm

Welcome to Seed St. Louis’ 13th Annual Community Agricultural Conference. You can attend any of the sessions for free, the registration fee is up to you. Please consider a financial contribution to support this year’s conference by adding a donation when you register. Seed St. Louis is a 501c 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people and communities to grow food.

Daily sessions will be held over Zoom at 6:00 pm CST March 1-4 and select sessions will be streamed from the in-person conference on March 5.

March 1-5, 2022 Daily Virtual Sessions

Tuesday, March 1st, 6:00 pm, Working with Wildlife, Dan Pearson, St. Louis Audubon Society, Coordinator of the Bring Conservation Home Program ~ Human hostility toward wildlife eating food crops has come with great cost to all involved. The idea that people are separate from and superior to nature creates a tension that sucks all of the joy out of growing food. In this session, learn how to provide space and habitat for wildlife to coexist with us, and see a wide variety of mutually beneficial outcomes.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:00 pm, Seed Starting Basics for a Homegrown Harvest, Jessica Blessing-Patterson, DIG Annuals and Perennials ~ In this session you will learn the basic principles of starting seeds at home from one of the experts! There are lots of tips and tricks that can solve some of the common problems encountered with indoor growing. Once mastered, starting your own seeds at home can provide you with lots of beautiful plants at a fraction of the cost and also with hours of much needed joy in the cold winter months.

Thursday, March 3rd, 6:00 pm, Getting Produce to Those Who Need it Most, Janett Lewis, Rustic Roots Sanctuary, GROW Spanish Lake Community Garden ~ The Rustic Roots Sanctuary, also the location of the GROW Spanish Lake Community Garden, a member of the Seed St. Louis network, works hard to distribute fresh produce to community members. Learn all about their process, including a farmers market, senior delivery program and a free pick-your-own program.

Friday, March 4th, 6:00 pm, Propagating Shrubs & Trees, Jessica Blessing-Patterson, DIG Annuals and Perennials ~ In this session learn the many different options for propagating both trees and shrubs. From Pre-treatment for seeds, to some very passive cloning techniques, the presenter, co-owner of DIG Annuals and Perennials, will cover the best methods of propagation for the home gardener.

Saturday, March 5th, 8:40-9:50 am, Lesser Known Garden & Orchard Tools, Dean Gunderson, Seed St. Louis’ Director of Education ~ The right tool can make all the difference so come and learn from our presenter as they discuss some of their favorite tools for backyard and community scale gardening and orcharding to make your life easier.

Saturday, March 5th, 10:00-11:10 am, Managing Water in the Garden, Gabriel Hahn, Custom Foodscaping ~ Water is a major consideration in any garden setting and can be intimidating…especially when there is ‘too much.’ This presentation will simplify assessment for siting veggie, perennial, and rain gardens. Learn the key elements and strategies for turning this incredible resource into edible and beautiful abundance.

Saturday, March 5th, 11:20 am-12:0 pm, Grow, Forage, & Process Staple Foods, Dean Gunderson, Seed St. Louis’ Director of Education ~ There is more to the diet than vegetables and fruits. Staple foods are what provide most of our calories and although you probably won’t produce all of them you need, you still can produce them and they are a great education opportunity. Come and learn about some of the best ones to try to grow or forage here in St. Louis and how to process them.


March 1 @ 6:00 pm
March 5 @ 12:00 pm


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