Education & Training


This educational series is dedicated to farmers and gardeners seeking more information and practice on seed production.

All classes are at Meadowlark Hearth Farm in Scottsbluff, NE. Camping is available on the farm for all programs.

Attendance is free, Donations to the Living Environment Foundation gratefully accepted.
Pre-registration required. Contact us by phone: 308-631-5877 or email:

Vegetable families class

Saturday & Sunday July 13 & 14 from 3-5 pm

Tour the fields of Meadowlark Hearth and admire the blooms of our annual and biennial seed crops including carrots, beets, cabbage, onions, and parsnips! Topics include pollination, isolation requirements, and population size considerations. We will help you visualize trellising and seed work at your farm or garden.

Seventh Annual SEEDFEST and Professional SEED WORKSHOP

Labor Day Weekend: Friday August 30 – Monday Sept 2

Designed for experienced growers but all are welcome!

A sample of topics offered by seed growing professionals from Meadowlark Hearth, Fedco and Turtle Tree Seed include:

  • seed production techniques
  • initiating & carrying out a seed contract
  • weaving seed into a working farm
  • selecting what to grow to seed
  • small to mid-scale tools for seed production

Arrive prepared with questions, a notepad, writing utensils, gardening clothes and expect many hands-on activities.

Have fun while harvesting and threshing seed!

Sunday we will be dancing on seed with live music and potluck.

Invite friends and family! Free camping on farm available.

Biennial Vegetable Seed workshop

Date to be announced
A hands-on intensive teaching the basics of overwintering whole plants and roots in harsh climates, crop planning, isolation, and population needs for seed production. We emphasize the care and rearing of biennial seed crops; carrots, brassicas, beets, etc. Arrive ready to plant!

You must register prior to arriving at the event. You will receive the schedule after registration.

Workshops sponsored by Living Environment Foundation 501(c)(3)

Print the flyer for these events:

2019 Workshop Flyer 21519

Contact us for an updated schedule since we are always adding classes!


  • Customized, hands-on learning experiences in organic farming activities for farmers, the general public, individuals with disabilities, and public or private schools, at our family farm or in your classroom.
  • Come see what’s blooming, in the context of the season and the Whole

     Farm and visit our micro-dairy. In the spring, tours can include activities like visiting the greenhouses and baby animals.In the fall, tours can include activities harvesting vegetables and visiting the animals. Visit more than once, to experience the plants, animals, and farm throughout the seasons.

  • Various types of on-farm internships available, including learning year-round seed production.
  • “Advancing with Accompaniment” for individuals with different abilities. Contact us for more information about this project.
  • We work with teachers or home-school leaders to incorporate what is being learned in the classroom!
  •  Call to schedule a day to volunteer! It is especially fun to help harvest for the CSA on Thursdays.
  • Come for a walk on LEF’s Richard Everett Nature Preserve! Nathan is a trained naturalist who has observed nature’s cycles for over forty years, and he enjoys sharing his love of nature with adults and/or children.
  • Festive celebrations and cultural events are offered throughout the year.

For a current schedule, or to schedule your visit or class

contact us using our “Contacting LEF” page.