Our speaker this month is Dr. Tim Motis, Agriculture Technical and Research Director at ECHO. One area of research for Dr. Motis has been how to best save and store seeds for maximum viability over time. He will be sharing his research at our April meeting.
If you are interested in a more in-depth course in seeds and seed saving, ECHO is holding a 5 day in-residence seminar at their Ft. Meyers facility May 8-12. The course fee includes meals and dorm housing. Information here.
ECHO is dedicated to gathering solutions from around the world to solve hunger issues, then disseminating sustainable farming techniques, nutritional plants, and appropriate technologies to their worldwide network. Their international headquarters near Ft. Meyers is a resource center that includes a demonstration farm, a tropical edibles nursery, research center, and bookstore.
Tim grew up in Ethiopia and Liberia and served as an agriculturalist in Ethiopia for two years before earning his PhD in Horticulture at the University of Florida. He has been on staff with ECHO since 2003. His team coordinates ECHO research activities, produces informational resources relevant to small-scale farmers, responds to inquiries from ECHO’s international network, and maintains a library of resources pertaining to tropical agriculture.
♦ Remember to bring any extra fruit or goodies for the tasting table.
♦ If you have any interesting plants you have started from seeds, division or cuttings, or other garden items, bring those for the raffle.
♦ Club members can bring up to three plants for the auction.