SCF Venice Green Team to Host Lecture on Genetically Modified Organisms

(Bradenton, Fla., February 20, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice Green Team will host a guest lecture, “Genetically Modified Organism Contamination Threats to the Organic Seed System,” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, in the Selby Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Ira Wallace, internationally recognized "seed-saving pioneer" and worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Mineral, Va., will be the guest speaker.

Serious food growers, students and communities interested in saving their own seeds, preserving local seed biodiversity and maintaining small farm sustainability are invited to attend and gain information about the critical integrated roles of organic seeds and building sustainable food support systems.

The lecture is sponsored by the Florida A&M University Statewide Small Farm Program and the UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension.

Woody McCree, associate professor, art, design, humanities, is the Green Team chair. The SCF Green Team is a group of students, faculty and staff who work in collaboration to design and implement projects that maintain the natural beauty and the environmental significance of SCF Venice.

For more information, contact Beverly Brown, SCF Venice provost office, at 941-408-1404. Maps and directions are online at



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