Maine Heirloom Vegetables
with Heron Breen--March 9
Born, raised, and residing in the small central Maine town of Saint Albans, Heron’s plant “roots” derive from childhood chores in his family’s large back-to-the-lander gardens and high school summers spent working (or pretending to) on a local organic vegetable farm. An ongoing 20+ year career at Fedco Seeds has engaged him in diverse elements of the retail seed business. His day job has run parallel to establishing a personal farm operation which focuses on seed production and plant breeding. Sharing the experiential skill sets and relevant history of seed work in the Northeast is Heron’s passion.
Heron will be presenting "The Food Traditions and Specific Regional Relevance of Maine Heirloom Vegetables" in The Reach Performing Arts Center at 1:30. He will also share "The Process by which Heirloom Revival & Preservation is Pursued" in the library at 6:00. The evening session will be followed by a seed sharing event. Whether as a gardener interested in seed saving or a farmer willing to steward a crop, or for a student or educator exploring our state history, there will be something for everyone.