Seed Saver Training: Episode 4

Grassland Seed Collection at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna

As a part of the Southern Ontario Seed Strategy (SOSS), this 6-part video series features seed experts and knowledge keepers as they share some of their best practices for seed saving. 

If you are new to native seed saving, these videos will provide an opportunity for you to hear from experts and become inspired to start connecting with native seed. If you are already familiar with native seed saving, these videos may show you more specific tips and tricks to help your current seed practices thrive. 


Episode 4: Grassland Seed Collection at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna  

Join Gillian di Petta and Radek Odolczyk of Mitigomin Native Plant Nursery as they share knowledge from the Alderville Black Oak Savanna.  

  • 0:26 – Past & present of the Alderville Black Oak Savanna 
  • 1:45 – Significance of tallgrass prairie and Black Oak savanna ecosystems 
  • 2:26 – Difference between tallgrass prairie and Black Oak savanna 
  • 3:00 – Species found in tallgrass prairie and Black Oak savanna plant communities 
  • 3:39 – Collecting grass seed: Little Bluestem example 
  • 5:03 – Collecting grass seed: Big Bluestem example 
  • 5:53 – Collecting wildflower seed: Butterfly Milkweed example 
  • 7:12 – Collecting wildflower seed: New Jersey Tea example 
  • 8:46 – Collecting wildflower seed: Round-Headed Bush Clover 
  • 9:46 – Seed cleaning tools 


What is seed saving? 

Seed saving refers to activities that help scale up the protection and expansion of native seed sources. Many experts and professionals practice seed saving activities, such as tending to seed orchards or collecting native seeds. Seed saving is important because one native plant has the potential to produce hundreds or even thousands of seeds, carrying valuable genes into the future, but millions of plants are needed to support a healthy, resilient landscape. 

Working in partnership with native plants, each of us can help safeguard the seeds that are key to a healthy landscape now and for future generations. 


Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the following episodes: 

  • Seed Saver Training Episode 5: Tree and Shrub Seed Collection 
  • Seed Saver Training Episode 6: Restoring Relationships to the Land 

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