AUG 24, 2024: INGLIS, MB – Farm Tour and Potluck at Skinner Native Seeds

Posted by Jennifer Sparling on June 17, 2024

You’re invited to a farm tour and potluck at Skinner Native Seeds near Inglis, Manitoba! Get to know John and Michael, the father and son duo behind Skinner Native Seeds who specialize in growing native seeds for prairie restoration. They have been growing, collecting, cleaning, blending, and re-seeding native prairie grasses and wildflowers for over 20  years. Currently, they are growing their operation in order to expand their nursery and supply several restoration projects across the prairie provinces. They are also host farmers in the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program.

Come join us on this unique farm tour, where you’ll learn how to identify native plants and collect some seeds while you’re at it!

WHEN: Saturday, August 24th, 2024 | 1:30 – 8:00pm

LOCATION: Treaty 4 Territory. Inglis, Manitoba. Google map coordinates here.

DIRECTIONS: Road 138N. Skinner Road E. 20 Miles North of Russell, MB off Highway 83. Skinners Native Seed is directly east of the historic Frank Skinner Arboretum.

REGISTER: Please register on Eventbrite as space for this event is limited. 

SCHEDULE (times are approximate):
1:30 – 2:00pm Folks arrive and light refreshments
2:00 – 2:30pm Welcome and Intro Circle
2:30 – 3:30pm  Farm Tour
3:30 – 6:00pm Prairie Walk and Seed Collecting
6:00 – 8:00pm Potluck
8:00pm Departure

Note: You may want to arrive early and explore the incredible Frank Skinner Arboretum next door before the tour starts.

BRING: Dress for the weather. Bring a snack potluck item to share, plates/cutlery/cups, and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Please include a little card with ingredients if you can for folks with food sensitivities.

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ACCESSIBILITY: If you have any accessibility needs, please get in touch with us at jennifer@youngagrarians.org

About Skinner Native Seeds

Skinner Native Seeds is operated by John Skinner (father) and Michael Skinner (son); both have extensive knowledge of and passion for prairie plants/ecology, native seed production and ecological restoration. John moved back to the family farm in 1993 and has been growing native grasses and flowers for the last 25 years. Michael grew up working on the farm, which inspired him to pursue a Biology degree at the University of Saskatchewan. He has worked for several years in resource conservation and ecological restoration at Riding Mountain and Grassland National Parks.  He returned to Manitoba in 2022 to farm with his dad to help meet the growing need for quality native seed and to serve as the ecological restoration coordinator for their operation.

Skinner Native Seeds is a multi-generational family farm located in the beautiful Manitoba Parkland region near Asessippi Provincial Park and is located in the northern most region of the prairie ecosystem. The family has many years experience in the native seed and horticulture world and have a unique and close relationship with the land. The Skinners grow and harvest native grasses and flowers, create custom seed blends and lead prairie restorations for a range of clients including Grasslands National Park, The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to name a few. They are the land holders of 320 acres, 120 acres of which are seeded to native grasses and flowers.

Website: skinnernativeseeds.net/

Facebook: facebook.com/skinnernative.seeds/

Instagram: @skinnernativeseeds

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • This event is free and open to everyone! Supervised children are welcome
  • Please leave furry friends at home
  • Please stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms
  • Please wash your shoes before visiting the farm, especially if you work on or have visited a farm recently
  • Please do not bring alcohol to this event
  • Please share this event with anyone who may be interested!

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