SVF Foundation

SVF Lecture Series



SVF Conference Room

SVF Lecture Series

The SVF Lecture Series features topics pertaining to local farming systems, sustainable agriculture and conservation.

These events are free to the public and held at Swiss Village Farm, 152 Harrison Avenue, Newport,RI.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please contact Kate at or (401) 848-7229 ext. 10 to register.

Mark your calendar:

Diversity in Seeds and Breeds
Presenter - Diane Ott Whealy
7PM Tuesday, October 13th 2015

Future food security is dependent on the diversity found in seeds and breeds. Both SVF and Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) have made great efforts to collect germplasm from rare and endangered breeds of livestock and seeds. Diane will tell the story of how SSE has grown to be one of the most active and effictive non-governmental seed saving organizations in the world. While explaining the importance of seed saving, Diane will share beautiful images of SSE's 890-acre farm.

Diane Ott Whealy is Co-founder and current Vice President of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. With over 20,000 varieties of heirloom seeds in their collection and over 14,000 members, SSE is the largest non-governmental seed bank in North America. Regarded by many as the "Mother of the Heirloom Plant Movement," diane has been a national leader in the heirloom gardening world and a strong advocate for the protection of the Earth's rare genetic food stocks, for over 40 years.

Please check back soon for additional dates and topics to be presented in this ongoing series.

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