Learn Seed Saving and Winter Gardening Techniques at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in March

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Release dated: 
February 13, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 • bob.quist@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelleyfarm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Learn Seed Saving and Winter Gardening Techniques at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in March

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What: Seed Savers Exchange
When: Sunday, March 10
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: FREE

The Oliver H. Kelley farm has been a leader in seed saving activities in Minnesota since 1981. Visitors interested in learning about this time honored technique are invited to the farm on Sunday, March 10. A presentation on how to save, store and plant seeds will be given, followed by a seed exchange. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring seeds to share. A seed art project will be offered for children. All levels of gardening interest and experience are welcome.

What: Hot Beds and Cold Frames Workshop
When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: $18 material fee, $15 for MHS members
Reservations: Required; call 763-441-6896

Learn how protect gardens from cold weather due to spring delays and early fall frosts. This workshop will teach participants how to extend the gardening season by using hot beds, cold frames and other gardening tips. Through illustrated discussion and hands-on activities guests will learn the difference between the types of garden systems, then they will help prepare a hot bed and cold frame at the farm.

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

About the 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.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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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.

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