Panel Discussion: Seeds of Change

Sunday, February 16, 2014
2 PM$10 ($6 for members)

Tiny, abundant, and delicate, seeds hold the promise of life. Yet seeds are complex and are often at the center of protracted legal battles. Why are seeds so controversial? What makes seeds organic? Does it matter? A panel of experts will discuss these and other questions surrounding the surprisingly political life of seeds. Maureen Wilmot, executive director of the Organic Research Farming Foundation, Santa Cruz, California, will moderate.

Speakers will be:

  • Matthew Dillon, agricultural policy and programs manager at Clif Bar & Company, Emeryville, California, and director of Seed Matters, an initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation;
  • Matthew Moore, a fourth-generation farmer and an artist whose work is included in Around the Table: food, creativity, community; and
  • Don Tipping, of Seven Seeds Farm, Williams, Oregon.

The panel is sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and hosted by SJMA.

Image: Future Farmers (Amy Franceschini, Stijn Schiffeelers, and Lode Vranken), Maiden Vogage (detail), 2013; Commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art.