The Seed Huntress
$20 Adults / $15 Seniors / Free for Members
The Philipstown Garden Club and Boscobel Restoration are pleased to announce a presentation on the Ecotype Project. This Project is a widespread effort to restore native plants, primarily to support the pollinator populations that are so crucial to our food supply. This highly entertaining lecture is led by Sefra Alexander, The Seed Huntress.
Date: November 2, 2023
Topic: The Seed Huntress – On the Hunt to Rewild Our Native Plants
Fee: $20 Adults / $15 Seniors
The program is free for Boscobel members. Please log in to your account for the membership to be applied*
The program is free for Philipstown Garden Club members. Please select “adult” and add the code that you were provided*
The Ecotype Project – Saving our Native Plant Species
The landscape in our region has changed significantly over the past 200 years and poses a threat to the food production that remains in local farms and gardens. Crops rely on a robust population of pollinators to bring them into existence. These pollinators depend largely on native plants as their primary source of food. Substantial numbers of native plants are now listed as endangered and the remaining populations are declining in number, so we are facing a precipitous decline in our pollinator populations.
The Ecotype Project seeks to restore native plants and habitat to safeguard our food system. The initiative exists at the intersection of farms, gardens, land trusts, and public lands: it aims to increase the number of native plants growing in our region to support the population of pollinators. To do this, the Ecotype Project is growing seed crops of native pollinator plants, wild collected from open-spaces, and bringing them to nursery growers and homeowners so that native pollinator plant populations can be restored, providing additional pollinator habitat.
The Seed Huntress– is an endurance race ethnobotanist on a hunt to preserve the biodiversity of our wild and cultivated lands through seed conservation. Sefra leads – The Ecotype Project – to amplify the amount of truly local native seed available for ecological restoration, creating the first ecoregional seed supply chain in the Northeast, USA. In 2020 she began BOATanical.org where she guides expeditions that are paddlin’ for the pollinators, planting native plants by boat along riparian corridors. Sefra holds her M.A.T. in agroecological education from Cornell University, is a fellow of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, a WINGS WorldQuest expedition flag carrier, member of the Explorers Club and runs a wilderness skills school-The Readiness Collective– with her twin brother.