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How can we develop systems to build community resilience, grow local agriculture, improve access to nutrient-dense food, share growing spaces, and mitigate climate disruptions?

All seven state chapters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) have been working to develop food security programs and learning opportunities to address these questions. This winter, each NOFA chapter will host various workshops at our Winter Conferences that examine these topics.

To kick off the NOFA Winter Conference season, we have invited the 2023 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference Keynote Speaker, Ira Wallace, of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, to discuss the importance of food security and how seed saving continues to play an important role in feeding our communities. We will also meet representatives from each of the NOFA chapters to learn more about the food security work being done in the Northeast states.

Register for this free online event here:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqc–pqj4sEte4Dcp8mMyjSi3FyB9W6tA6

About the Presenter:

Ira Wallace (she/her) is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE). Ira started saving herb and flower seeds in the 1970’s and became professionally involved in the seed business in 1998. At SESE she coordinates education and outreach as well as co-manages variety selection and new seed grower contracts with SESE’s network of 70+ seed producing farms. Ira also conducts variety trials for SESE and researches and documents the history of varieties offered in the annual catalog. 

About Southern Exposure Seed Exchange:

Southern Exposure offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic (500+ USDA certified organic) seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. It is the oldest company in the southeast focusing on heirloom, organic, open-pollinated seeds. Since 1983 Southern Exposure has been helping people in the southeast get control of their food supply by supporting sustainable home and market gardening, seed saving, and preserving heirloom varieties. 

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