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Plant Aloha: Seedfully Sprouting Diversity with Gabriel Howearth

April 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Plant Aloha Hawaiian Sanctuary

Saturday: April 15th, 2017 – 9am-1pm
Seedfully Sprouting Diversity with Gabriel Howearth
In this class we will discuss the basics of seed saving, wet seeds and dry seeds and climate specific needs. You will learn various harvesting and processing methods as well as effective storage techniques. We will also discuss the fundamentals of creating a diverse living seed bank. We’ll explore the difference between open pollenated, heirloom, versus hybrid seeds and what is best for your purpose. Annual, biennial and perennial seed crops will be explained as well as how to store biennial crops where appropriate.

Plant Aloha Series

Hawaiian Sanctuary is proud to present: Plant Aloha, a FREE educational series of sustainable farming classes. Every Thursday morning, from 9:00am until 12:30pm, with special Saturday monthly offerings, led by local and visiting experts.

The Plant Aloha project is supported, in part, by the County of Hawaii, Research & Development. We are looking for support to complete and enhance this amazing FREE program. Please give what you can.


Each class starts promptly with a lecture and Q&A before a hands-on farm experience. Come prepared with notepad and writing utensil, closed toed shoes, sun hat, and gloves.

View the full Plant Aloha Series schedule on our Calendar.

Space is limited, please register by emailing:

Permaculture Facilitator

Gabriel Howearth, BLA, MLA – Master Horticulturalist & Permaculturist

Gabriel has over 35 years’ experience teaching and practicing permaculture, seed saving, biodynamic and organic agriculture. As one of the most respected and knowledgeable pioneers in the Organic Farming movement, he has traveled to 87 countries around the world and worked with many indigenous people to develop and increase diversity in organic farming and gardening.

In the 1970’s, he studied with Alan Chadwick, creator of French Intensive Gardening and with Peter Dukish, recognized master of the Biodynamic farming principles of Rudolph Steiner. Gabriel was the original founder of Seeds of Change, one of the initial certifiers for Oregon Tilth, and a core consultant to the Herb Pharm. His work with seeds, plants, Mayan, Quecha, Hopi and Pueblo farmers is documented in “Secrets of the Soil” and “The Secret Life of Plants” by Christopher Byrd and Peter Tompkins, as well as several other books.

Seeds of Change came to be as a direct result of Gabriel’s personal seed bank collection of a living genealogy of plants containing many rare, endangered and exotic species of forgotten and little known food sources of great nutritional, cultural and genetic value. Additionally, Gabriel is the founder of Buena Fortuna Botanical Garden, in Baja Mexico which plays an enormous role in protecting the world’s biodiversity, with over 3,700 cultivated plant species of the tropical and dry tropical regions of the world.

Yet very few of this outstanding assortment of fruits is readily accessible  or even know about. Many hundreds, and even thousands of types of fruits can be grown here. Yet if you go to a produce store, or even most nurseries, you will only see a few dozen fruits and plants available.

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Want to learn more? Here’s a great article by Amelia Robinson ‘Soil Building, Soil Amendments & Rain Barrels


The Plant Aloha project is supported, in part,
by the County of Hawaii, Research & Development.


April 15, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Gabriel Howearth


Grow Room @ Hawaiian Sanctuary
13-3194 Pahoa-Kalapana Rd
Pahoa, HI 96778 United States
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