Northampton swap offers seeds and workshops

Published: 2/28/2017 12:25:56 PM

Northampton — Grow Food Northampton is hosting the third annual Seed Swap at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Co-sponsored by Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market and Nuestras Raíces, the event will include workshops, activities, and free seeds for gardeners. It is free and open to the public.

People are encouraged to come to take home free seeds to plant in their gardens. The swap will include both locally saved seeds as well as hybrids and other varieties.

Those with seeds to share may drop them off prior to the event at the Grow Food Northampton table at the Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market at Smith Vocational or on March 4 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Seeds should be labelled with variety names, collection date, and whether they are open-pollinated or hybrids, if possible. Participants can begin choosing seeds to take home at 11 a.m.

Nuestras Raíces is sponsoring a talk on indigenous seed keeping by Liz Charlebois, Abenaki basketmaker and agriculturalist at 11 a.m. There will also be a beginning seed saving workshop given by Daniel Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm in Gill at 10:05 and a plant breeding workshop with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm in Chesterfield at noon.

Kids and adults alike can participate in a “seed tape” workstation, where they will use biodegradable toilet paper, wheat paste, and carrot seeds to make rolls of carrot seed that are ready to be planted. The seed tape will be used later in the season at Grow Food Northampton’s Giving Garden by volunteers and children visiting on field trips. The Giving Garden is a volunteer-driven half-acre farm that grows produce exclusively for donation to local food pantries and meal sites. In 2016, over 6,500 pounds of vegetables were grown in the Giving Garden and donated to the Northampton Survival Center, Easthampton Community Center, and other partners.

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/events/655771424610921/.




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