Green Festival Speakers

Ira Wallace

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Ira Wallace serves on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange where she coordinates variety selection and seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure offers over 700 varieties of openpollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply by supporting sustainable home and market gardening, seed saving, and preserving heirloom varieties.

In addition, Ira is a member of Acorn Community which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia, growing seeds, alliums, hay, and conducting variety trials for Southern Exposure. She is also an organizer of the http://www.heritageharvestfestival.com/ Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, a fun, familyfriendly event featuring an oldtime seed swap, local food, handson workshops and demos, and more. The Festival is quickly growing to become an important regional gathering with over 2,700 attendees in 2009.

Ira was cooperator with the SAREsponsored Saving Our Seeds Project .She presents at events sponsored by the Virginia Association of Biological Farmers (VABF), Virginia Master Gardeners, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG)