Seed Collection Training

Get involved with native plant restoration in northeast Ohio!

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Want to help plant conservation efforts in northeast Ohio?

Holden Forests & Gardens is partnering with Pollinator Partnership and the Cleveland Public Library to offer a seed collection training for people who want to collect native seeds in support of habitat restoration in Northeast Ohio.

This training is designed to educate volunteers on responsible collection, species identification, and data integrity. Volunteers who participate in this regional seed collecting effort will support work to restore vital habitat for pollinators and wildlife in the Lake Erie ecoregion.

Two identical courses will be offered during National Pollinator Week in June, at Holden Arboretum and at Cleveland Public Library’s Woodland Branch. Choose the location and time that is convenient for you.

Saturday, June 15 | Cleveland Public Library Woodland Branch
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Age: Adult
Price: Free, registration required

Thursday, June 20 | Holden Arboretum, Reinberger Classroom
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Age: Adult
Price: Free, registration required

Please contact [email protected] with questions about registration.

Seed Collection Training (Cleveland Public Library)
Saturday, June 15, 2024
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Price: Free, registration required

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Seed Collection Training (Holden Arboretum)
Thursday, June 20, 2024
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Price: Free

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Kim Lessman

Kim Lessman

Seed Bank Manager

I am passionate about our natural world and have spent the last decade immersed in organic farming, addressing food insecurity in urban areas, and saving seeds in support of a regionally adapted seed supply. Though I’ve always been fascinated by a seed’s lifecycle and the story of its origin, my interest in large scale seed production and biological preservation really began after processing agricultural seed crops on an organic farm in the Puget Sound during a growing season a few years back. When I moved back to the Midwest in 2018, I started working with the Cleveland Seed Bank, a nonprofit organization with a mission to build a network of seeds savers. Working with this organization expanded my comprehensive knowledge of seed saving and seed banking operations. With their support, I attended and presented at regional and national agriculture conferences and visited Vandana Shiva’s biodiversity seed saving farm in India. My work there presented an avenue for me to begin working with native plant species in our bioregion and my interest and passion in stewarding native seeds for conservation and restoration has only grown since. I am very excited to support Holden in their effort to establish a regional seed bank in Northeast Ohio.

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Kaleigh Obrock

Kaleigh Obrock

Pollinator Partnership

Pollinator Partnership works with diverse stakeholders representing various perspectives with the goal of creating positive change for pollinators. We work with farmers, gardeners, land managers, scientists, and industry to develop tools and programs that help keep pollinators safe from pesticides, habitat loss, climate change, and other threats.

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