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EVENT: Reviving the Tradition of Seed Saving

Two prominent Portland agriculturalists will talk about the importance of sustainable food systems and seed saving on Sunday, June 5th, at 2pm at Portland State University's Native American Student and Community Center. (710 SW Jackson Street, Portland OR 97201)
Ken Burrow will discuss urban farming and gardening in his presentation of "Coming Full Circle with Heirloom Seeds." As the founder of the American Center for Sustainability, Ken has been an integral part of Portland's urban agriculture movement, particularly through the Plant Project, which has distributed more than 150,000 plant seedlings to more than 100 nonprofit garden sites across Oregon.

Concluding the event will be Marisha Auerbach with her presentation of "Seed Saving as an Activist Practice." Marisha has been practicing, studying, and teaching gardening in the Pacific Northwest for the past decade. She encourages sustainable futures through sharing knowledge with others on topics including: permaculture, polyculture gardening, local economics, community building, ethnobotany, herbalism, and edible landscape design. In this presentation, Marisha will be discussing the importance of seed saving as an act in support of genetic diversity and local food security.

The event is sponsored by Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (WISDOM) which produces the Native American radio series, Wisdom of the Elders Radio, and the American Center for Sustainability, a Portland nonprofit which strives to nurture Humankind's shift toward more sustainable living practices by creating and managing original projects while supporting and linking other like-minded organizations and their efforts. Contributions will be accepted at the door and there will be a silent auction of Native American books, arts, and crafts. Concluding the event will be an heirloom seedling give away to those in attendance.

This event is a fundraiser to plan the fourth series of Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program. This upcoming oral history and cultural arts radio series will feature compelling messages and sustainability responses to climate change from eight Northwest tribes in Oregon, Alaska Washington and Montana. WISDOM, whose mission is Native American cultural sustainability,education and cross-cultural communications, shares audio of the previous three radio series at About Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (WISDOM)
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (WISDOM) is committed to Native American cultural sustainability, education, and race reconciliation. We work in collaboration with diverse cultural organizations and educational institutions to record and preserve oral traditions and cultural arts of exemplary indigenous elders and storytellers to regenerate the greatness of culture among Native peoples today and our future generations.
A 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation located in Portland, Oregon, we have now added the Discovering Our Story Project to our website. It provides 12 sets of culturally-tailored multi-media teachings that are helping our people overcome mental health, addictions, domestic violence and Type 2 Diabetes issues. We also produce the Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program and educational curricula, coordinate the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association and its annual storytelling festivals, as well as Turtle Island Storytellers Network, and other educational venues for Native Americans and public audiences of all cultures.

www.wisdomoftheelders.org where downloads of 150+ Native American radio segments are available at no charge.

Rose High Bear
Executive Director
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (WISDOM)

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