Give Seeds a Chance: Third Annual Seed Exchange is a free event that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The White Clover Grange, 36585 Highway 53 about two miles from Highway 101 near Mohler. A roundtable discussion on techniques and the importance of seed saving will take place at 1:30 p.m.
At the Exchange you can get herb, vegetable, flower and native plant seeds and information from other gardeners, new and old. Handouts will be available for people to take and there will also be some books and resources on hand for browsing. All seeds are free, whether you bring some to share or not.
If you have them, bring seeds you have collected or extra commercially packaged seeds you no longer want. Place your collected seeds in small envelopes or zip-sealed baggies and mark your seed packet with as much information as you have: plant, variety, area grown, production qualities, etc. Seeds that are several years old ideally should be tested for viability. If you are not sure if a batch of seeds is still good please take a sampling of them (ten or so) and place between two moist paper towels in a warm place to see if they germinate. If half or more sprout you’re good to go!
New gardeners and those without seeds to share are still welcome to take seeds. If possible pay it forward and share some of your bounty with someone else or bring your collected seeds to next year’s Exchange.
According to The Seed Ambassador’s Project (www.seedambassadors.org), “Saving seeds is the foundation of developing durable and resilient locally based food systems. We encourage others to join us in this important work. In our eyes every seed saved is a socially healing, community creating event.”
Give Seeds a Chance: Third Annual Seed Exchange is sponsored by the White Clover Grange, Fulcrum Community Resources and the Nehalem Garden Club.
Nehalem Bay Garden Club contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the event call 368-6874.