SEED SWAP 2015

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Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton invite you to a Seed Swap!

Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 10am-1 pm at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School (same place and time as the Northampton Winter Farmers Market)

LEARN about seed saving. CELEBRATE the magic of seeds. SHARE seeds that you’ve saved from your farm or garden (or seeds that you’ve purchased). TAKE HOME seeds to plant. MEET other people who see regionally adapted seeds as an important part of a healthy food system. COME even if you don’t have seeds to share! Register here.

What is a Seed Swap?

A gathering of people, usually gardeners and farmers, who have come together to share seeds. The seeds can include locally saved seeds, excess bought seeds, seeds brought back from another region or country, or excess seeds that a seed company donated — you decide what you want to swap. Seeds are spread on tables and you choose what you want. The main idea is to bring people together to share seeds. (text from Seed Matters and Seed Savers Exchange) If you are bringing seeds to the Swap, please see below for more information.

What should I do if I’m bringing seeds to the Swap?

You can drop your seeds off as early as 8:30 am the day of the Swap. Swapping begins at 11 am so get your seeds there before 11 am. Please label clearly the name of the plant and the variety and the year the seeds were collected or purchased. If you know the germination rate, you can include that, too. You can bring the seeds in individual packets or in jars, yogurt containers, bags or any other container that makes sense to you. The organizers of the Swap will be sorting and placing seeds by plant families. If you know a story about where the seed comes from that you want to share, feel free to write something up to put next to your seeds. You’re also welcome to bring a photo or drawing of the plant that will emerge. Swapping will go from 11am – 1pm.

What else will be happening at the Swap?

There will be short workshops on Beginning Seed Saving with Community Gardener David Lovler, On Farm or In Garden Plant Breeding with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm, and Pollinator Gardens from Seed with Amy Palley who’s part of the Hilltown Seed Saving Network. There will also be a presentation from Bill Brauer from the Ivory Silo Seed Project in Westport, MA followed by an open session about the seed projects that are currently happening in our region and what could happen next. See schedule below for timing.

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10-10:30 am Welcome

10:45-11:30am  Beginning Seed Saving with David Lovler

Anyone can save seeds. You don’t even have to garden. [pumpkin, squash, melon, pepper,tomato] Annual herbaceous plant—can’t stop them from seeding. [dill, cilantro, arugula, radish, bok choy, …] Biennial’s seeds are worth waiting for. [leek, parsnip] Then there are those not-
quite­ seeds that you propagate, like garlic and the whole onion family. David will give practical hints on saving seeds for garden propagation as well as for indoor sprouting so you can eat like summer all year.

11am-1pm Ongoing Seed Swapping

11:30 am-12:15 pm On Farm or In Garden Plant Breeding with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg

Tevis runs Crabapple Farm in Chesterfield, MA. Many of the vegetable, flower and herb plants and produce that Crabapple Farm sells at Tuesday Market and the Northampton Winter Market are grown from seeds bred and saved on their farm. Learn about some of the ingenious ways that these farmers grow food and save seed at the same time.

11:30 am-12:15 pm Pollinator Gardens from Seed with Amy Palley

Growing plants from seed is an inexpensive way to establish gardens rich in biodiversity. This workshop will focus on why bees and other pollinators are in trouble and how we can help them by creating habitat that provides them with sources of pollen, nectar, and shelter.  We will discuss the basic
principles of designing a pollinator garden, the use of native plants, seed collecting, and the special germination requirements of native perennial seeds.  Participants are invited to take home a variety of seeds to start or diversify your own pollinator gardens.

12:15-1 pm Ivory Silo Seed Project Presentation and Open Discussion about What’s Happening Here and What’s Possible

1 pm Closing

 

There will be a seed guessing activity and a seed art project and a packet each of locally grown bush green beans to take home. Bring a potluck snack to share.

Thanks to Fruition Seeds, Hudson Valley Seed Library and Backyard Seeds for seed donations and for being our regional seed breeders and companies.

Questions?

Email us — northamptontuesdaymarket@gmail.com or laura@growfoodnorthampton.com.

Or call 413.320.5964.