Mission, event, facilities: If I ever forgot why we seed savers do what we do, and why we CAN do what we do, this event reconfirmed it so clearly. The facilities, buildings, gardens, laboratories are all treasures, ably cared for and managed to the level that they all deserve. I was blown away by the discipline, intellect, competence, and care exhibited by everyone who works at Heritage Farm - from the Lillian Goldman Welcome center store to the laboratories and warehouses and library. It is truly a unique, remarkable place staffed and run by truly remarkable people.
The event was incredibly well managed - the daily schedule, meals, refreshments, workshops - it all went off on time and without a hitch. One of the most encouraging things, to me, was seeing so many young people attending and showing their excitement about becoming involved with saving seed and helping to maintain our horticultural heritage. We left the event feeling confident of the mission and how it is being managed, as well as considering and taking the organization into the future. I feel very fortunate to be an Adviser for the SSE and look forward to many collaborations and opportunities to contribute to that future.
So.....Sue and I will be heading back on Labor Day weekend for the SSE Heritage Farm tomato tasting. This coming Saturday's Tomatopalooza will be a great palate tune up!
But between now and then, there is the usual - watering, harvesting, tasting, seed saving....and sharing it all with all of you!