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35th Annual Conference & Campout

  • Seed Savers Exchange 3094 N Winn Rd Decorah, IA, 52101 United States (map)

Join us for our annual gathering of seed savers & expert gardeners from July 17th to July 19th, 2015.

The Conference & Campout is your chance to network with some of the biggest names in the movement to protect and share heirloom seeds as well as long time growers and beginning farmers.


For 3 days and 2 nights you'll get to experience the beauty of northeast Iowa with the option to camp right on the 890-acre campus of Heritage Farm where Seed Savers Exchange protects its collection of about 20,000 varieties.

Registration w/ meals: $195 (Now closed.)

  • Registration rates apply for ages 16 yrs and up.
  • *Meals include:
    • Saturday = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • Sunday = Breakfast/Lunch

Registration without meals: $140

  • Youth (2-15 yrs old): $60 for the weekend (meals included)
    • Activities available for ages 6-12

Campsite: $25 (Sorry, our campsites are full.)

(Heritage Farm campsites are basic and designed for primitive camping only and registration is required. No running water will be provided. For other lodging options, see Decorah Area Visitor's Information.)

Members of Seed Savers Exchange get a 10% discount on registration costs!

2015 Keynote Speakers


Creator and Host of Growing a Greener World


Plant Breeder, Author of Epic Tomatoes


Chef, Author of books such as Vegetable Literacy


Technical Director of the American Livestock Breeds Conservatory

This farm has been a necessary place for me from the beginning, and I have fastened my mind to the ground here, and thought about it many times because I have needed reassurance of such places. . . . And it’s places like this where the necessary vocabulary of local adaptation is going to be preserved, so that people will be able to find out the things they need to know. . . I’m not only grateful to be here, I’m grateful that there is a here to be here in.
— From Wendell Berry's 1994 Campout Keynote speech

Friday, July 17 - Conference kick-off at 5PM to celebrate 40 years of Seed Savers Exchange

Saturday, July 18 - Keynotes and workshops, 10AM-5PM followed by evening barn dance

Sunday, July 19 - Keynotes and workshops, 10AM-1PM

Click here for the 2015 Conference and Campout schedule

We are excited to offer a limited number of scholarships to our annual Conference & Campout, funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Thank you to all of our event sponsors:



LaCrosse Graphics

Leon's Auto and Truck Repair

Meredith Corporation

Milton Creamery

Ogden Publications, Mother Earth News

Once Again Nut Butter

Oneota Food Coop

Rocketdog Books


Seward Coop and Deli

Storey Publishing

Times Printing

A.M. Leonard

Arrowhead Mills

Bliss Gourmet Foods

Bruening Rock Products

Chelsea Green


Dragonfly Books

Dug Road Inn

Edward & Sons Trading Co.

Hawkeye REC

Indus International

Java Johns

Kalona SuperNatural

Earlier Event: June 6
Soil Health Workshop
Later Event: August 1
Benefit Concert Featuring Greg Brown