Start Spring Early with a Seed Exchange at Oliver Kelley Farm

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Release dated: 
February 5, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 •

Quick facts: 

Event: Seed Savers Exchange
Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Date: Sunday, March 9

Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: FREE
Phone: 763-441-6896

Start Spring Early with a Seed Exchange at Oliver Kelley Farm

Kelley Farm activitiesThe Oliver Kelley Farm has promoted the saving of rare and heirloom seed since 1981. This free Seed Savers Exchange program includes a presentation on how to save, store and plant seeds, then save them again, just as farmers and gardeners have done for thousands of years.

The event, which runs Sunday, March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m., will begin with a gardening expert sharing insight into heirloom plants. It will end with a free seed exchange. Participants do not need to bring seeds in order to take seeds home.

Activities for children will include seed art and seed sorting. Refreshments will be served.

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.