The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition (HCVC) in partnership with Grant Olson from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, will teach a class about saving seeds from your garden to use for the next year. Join Seed Savers to discuss the process of saving seed from garden fruits and vegetables – tomatoes, squash, peppers, melons, beans, and more – and learn how to participate in this backyard preservation.

In the days before seed catalogs, collecting and saving seeds for the next year’s garden was essential. Today, seed saving plays a critical role in preserving rare, heirloom varieties and the garden heritage they represent.

The class will be held at the Waterloo Public Library on October 12 from 10 AM – Noon and is free to the public. To register, call the ISU Extension Office at 319-234-6811. Deadline for registration is October 9, 2013.

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization based in Decorah, with the mission to preserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

HCVC is organized for the purpose of working toward a healthy Cedar Valley for all to live, grow, and thrive with partnerships that build community coalitions and capacity through education, outreach and advocacy. For more information about the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition, visit: www.healthycedarvalleycoalition.org/.