As we report and gear up for late fall and early winter, we often remind folks that fall is the best time to start your own native plants from seed. Maine native plants are beneficial and beautiful, and growing your own from seeds is economical, simple, fun, and rewarding.
Maine Audubon is thrilled to be partnering with Wild Seed Project on another installment of fall and winter seed sowing training and resources for you and yours. Our two organizations have teamed up because we want to make it as simple and easy as possible for you to create wildlife habitat where you live. Growing native plants from seed is a cost-effective way to get more native plants and biodiversity into our landscapes. Plus, by using the seeds and other materials our organizations source and supply, you’re also contributing genetic diversity, growing organically, and reducing waste. We’ve got two ways to help you learn more about growing native plants: kits and workshops.
We’ve created an all-new Seed Sowing Kit which has everything you need to get started.
Inside the kit: Inside your custom tote bag, you will find pots, seeds, soil, sand, a screen, a marking pencil, and plant labels.
Video instruction and resources: Each kit also contains an information card with a link to a short instructional video to show you why and how to grow your own native plants from seeds, using the supplies we provide.
Seeds: Each kit comes with three packets of Maine native wildflower seeds from Wild Seed Project’s extensive inventory. We chose versatile species that are easy to grow and find homes for.
To purchase the 2021 Fall Seed Sowing Kit for yourself and others: Preorders will open here on Monday, December 6. Shop online and schedule curbside pick-ups at Gilsland Farm (Falmouth/Greater Portland) or Fields Pond (Holden/Greater Bangor) starting Dec. 14.
Each kit is $50 for members of either Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project/$56 for nonmembers. Hint: memberships also make great gifts!
Workshops: Please also consider joining Maine Audubon for in-person seed sowing workshops at Gilsland Farm and Fields Pond, and check the Wild Seed Project events page to find virtual seed sowing workshops.
To purchase additional seeds, please visit the Wild Seed Project online store.
Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in education, conservation, and action. Wild Seed Project’s mission is to inspire people to take action and join in increasing the presence of native plants grown from wild seed.