Annual Meeting: Lecture – Ecotypes, Ecoregions & Ecological Restoration

Fortifying the Living Seed Bank

Native plants are vital to restoring our landscape, but where are we getting our plants from? Join us for a talk by Sefra Alexandra about the The Ecotype Project. Learn how this project has created a model for native plants material development utilizing the ecoregional framework to ensure we are- planting the right plants in the right place. The truly local seed supply chain begins with trained botanists that wild-collect ecotypic seed, which is grown out as a specialty crop by organic farmers in founder plots, then cleaned and made commercially available to our nursery partners & by our farmer-led seed collective: Eco59. The initiative’s intention is to repair local seedsheds to collectively re-wild the fragmented landscapes – by fortifying the living seed banks- the soils, of our shared ecological corridors.

SefraSefra Alexandra: The Seed Huntress– is an endurance race ethnobotanist on a hunt to preserve the biodiversity of our wild and cultivated lands through seed conservation. Sefra leads – The Ecotype Project – to amplify the amount of truly native seed available for ecological restoration, creating the first ecoregional seed supply chain in the Northeast, USA. In 2020 she began where she guides expeditions that are paddlin’ for the pollinators, planting native plants by boat along riparian corridors. Sefra holds her M.A.T. in agroecological education from Cornell University, is a fellow of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, a WINGS WorldQuest expedition flag carrier, member of the Explorers Club and runs a wilderness skills school-The Readiness Collective– with her twin brother.

The program is free and open to the public.  We will start at 1:30 with a few business items followed by the talk. Use the form below to let us know that you are coming.

Location: University of Rhode Island, Rm 170 Pharmacy Building, 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, Rhode Island

NOTE: The University of Rhode Island continues to require that all individuals be fully vaccinated and masked in all its buildings.

Link to the campus map.  Finding the Building – While the building is referred to as the Pharmacy Building, it is mapped under 3 names, corresponding to areas in the building: Avedisian, Tyler and Woodward. Parking – Use the Fine Arts lot off of Flagg Road (labeled 7 on the map) or Greenhouse Parking lot (labeled 9 on the map). You do not need a visitors pass or permit to park.