All are welcome to hear Dr. Tingting Cai speak on the topic “Why Save Seeds” at Champaign Land Preservation’s Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Urbana University Library.
Seed saving has been a tradition for thousands of years, resulting in plants with traits adapted to local regions and local preservation of unique genetic material. Cai will discuss how and why important genetic material has been lost as seed saving has declined. Recognizing the importance of open-pollinated plant varieties, individuals and organizations all over the world are once again saving seeds.
Cai is Assistant Professor of Sustainability at Urbana University. She implemented an Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant that established interpretive materials for six ecosystems on the university campus. A rain garden and an orchard were two projects completed under her direction. She is working with several organizations concerned about the loss of pollinators and promotes planting native species to provide habitat for them.
A short business meeting with election of board members and refreshments will follow Cai’s presentation.
Organized in 1998, Champaign Land Preservation is a nonprofit conservation organization, a land trust, dedicated to preserving farmland and natural features. It holds six conservation easements in several Champaign County townships and has sponsored programs about land preservation, history of agriculture, forest ecology, natural areas ecology, conservation and the economics of local food production. For information, call CLP President Ardell Price, 937-484-3785.