NORWAY — As part of its continuing winter series of free presentations, the Old Squire’s Farm Market will host a talk on seed saving by Mark Silber, well known horticulturist, photographer, author and seed saver, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

In the early 1970s, Mark Silber and his wife, Terry, started Hedgehog Hill Farm in Sumner. At that time, they were commuting between Maine and Boston, where they had professional careers.

In Maine, they participated in the early movements to start farmers’ markets (they started several in Rumford, Portland, Auburn and Lewiston), MOFGA and farmer-to-consumer venue exploration.

Hedgehog Hill Farm became their main focus, when they moved to Maine in 1978. They sold produce, made cole slaw for Arby’s restaurants, grew a nursery, a dry and cut flower business, and, innovatively, gave workshops on many horticultural and culinary topics. Together, they wrote two books, published by Random House, about everlastings and growing vegetables and herbs. In 2006, Mark closed the farm, three years after Terry’s death.

He is an anthropologist, a documentary photographer and an ardent seed saver, who developed several of his own varieties, and who still has a garden way too big for one person.

The Old Squire’s Farm Market is a year-round farmers market with a wide variety of local foods (fresh and prepared), herbs, herbal preparations and hand-crafted items. For further information, call Cindy Creps at 577-1612, email Patricia Verrill at [email protected] or stop by the market on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is at 493 Main St.


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