Hanover Garden Club Event Celebrates Seed Diversity

Hanover Garden Club Event Celebrates Seed Diversity

Program includes free documentary film showing Monday evening (1/8)

The Hanover Garden Club will hold a Celebration of Seed Diversity on Monday, January 8 Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, Vermont and Tuesday, January 9 at the Howe Library, Hanover, New Hampshire. The two-day event features a film, gallery presentation and lecture. The celebration emphasizes the importance of seed diversity, sustainable and organic agriculture and gardening, as well as the importance of the use and collection of heirloom seeds in maintaining a healthy food supply.  All Celebration of Seed Diversity events are free and open to the public.

The Hanover Garden Club’s Celebration of Seed Diversity emphasizes the value of seed-saving, planting heirloom seeds and the importance of sustainable and organic agriculture and gardening.

Monday, January 8, 5:30 p.m., Montshire Museum of Science:  A special screening of the documentary ‘Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds’ with an introduction and question and answer session following the film led by Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. 

Created by award-winning Canadian filmmaker and writer Sean Kaminsky, the film takes a hard look at the risks that the loss of biodiversity in seeds pose to our food supply and the environment. David Zuckerman, Lieutenant Governor of Vermont and his wife Rachel Nevitt, organic farmers and owners of Full Moon Farm (Hinesburg, Vermont), appear in the film.  Supporters of the value of biodiversity and non-GMO seeds, they have been invited to attend the screening as special guests of the Hanover Garden Club.

Tuesday, January 9, 1:00 p.m., Howe Library, Hanover:  Gallery Presentation and lecture by Ken Greene. Mr. Greene brings his passion for seed diversity, heirloom seeds and fine art to his work.  His company, Hudson Valley Seed Company (hudsonvalleyseed.com), sustainably grows heirloom seeds at the certified organic and certified organic handler farm in Accord, NY. These are sold in Art Packs; packets printed with specially commissioned fine contemporary art. The gallery presentation will feature these original works of art. Mr. Greene’s presentation will cover the importance of seed biodiversity, sustainable and organic gardening and farming, with an emphasis how we can support this in our own gardens and daily lives.

“Thoroughly understanding the difference between heirloom seeds, open pollination and genetically modified hybrid seeds is of the utmost importance if we are going to continue to have robust seed diversity available for future generations.  This is an important film to watch and an important topic to understand,” said Diane Guidone, Hanover Garden Club program committee member.

This Celebration of Seed Diversity is sponsored by the Hanover Co-op Food Stores (Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction) as part of its commitment to building a well-nourished community cultivated through cooperation.

The Hanover Garden Club, founded 1936, promotes the knowledge and love of gardening, educates people on conservation issues and, funds and undertakes civic beautification projects, including the Hanover Town Gardens.  The club has 230+ members representing 25 New Hampshire and Vermont Upper Valley Communities.  Membership is open all.  The Hanover Garden Club is a volunteer-based 501-(C) (3) organization.

Attachments: Open Sesame film poster, Hudson Valley Seeds Art Pack  

Contact: Diane Guidone 732-687-0765, Priscilla Clark 603-306-9260

About Hanover Co-op Food Stores

The Hanover Co-op Food Stores—also know as the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society—is owned by more than 24,000 members. The Co-op seeks to build a well-nourished community cultivated through cooperation. From its founding in 1936 by 17 Dartmouth College professors and their spouses, the Hanover Co-op has grown to become the oldest and second largest of its kind in the United States. Today, the Co-op serves more than 5,000 customers each day. For more than 80 years, the Co-op has maintained a stated commitment to buying locally produced food. With locations in New Hampshire and Vermont, this cooperative generates sales of more than $70 million annually from its three grocery stores, community market and auto service center.

Hanover Co-op Food Stores
Administrative Offices
2 Buck Road, Suite N
Hanover, NH 03755