Seed Exchange Coming Soon!

The Hilltown Seed Saving Network is pleased to announce its second annual Fall Seed Exchange, on Saturday, November 23rd at the Community House, 33 Main Street, Cummington.  Learn to save your own garden seed, get answers to your seed saving questions, and exchange seed that you’ve saved with your friends and neighbors!

Please note that you don’t have to bring seed to come to this event.  We welcome people at all levels of experience, including those who have never saved seed before.

In fact, this year, the main event will be preceded by an introductory seed saving workshop from 12 noon to 1pm, taught by Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm.

The seed exchange itself will run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (see the detailed schedule of events below), and will include a fun and interactive preview of our plans for next year.  And, of course, there will be plenty of time to browse and help yourself to the dozens of home grown varieties of tomatoes, beans, kale, wildflowers, and many other crops.

This year, you can come to the Community House as early as 10:30am to drop off seed.  We ask people to refrain from taking seed until 2:15pm; this will give us time to organize and display people’s contributions.  There will be exhibits, presentations, and yummy food to keep you entertained while you are waiting!

Also, we encourage everyone who is bringing seed to the event to list it online using our Virtual Seed Bank here: http://seednetwork.herokuapp.com.   Once you have registered (a quick and easy process), you will be able to browse varieties that other people in the Hilltowns are saving, and bringing to the Seed Exchange.

The suggested donation for this event is a sliding scale of $5 – $10.

For more information, visit hilltownseeds.wordpress.org; or contact Sadie at 413-634-5013, or Michael at 413-358-6919 or alterman@speakeasy.net.

Schedule of Events

12:00 to 1:00  For beginners or those who want a refresher:  Take our introductory seed saving workshop, with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm in Chesterfield.   Tevis is an experienced and knowledgeable seed-saver, whose farm operations include producing seed commercially for Fedco Seeds.

1:00 to 1:30  Arrive, drop off seeds, have a snack, schmooze.  Check out a seed sprouting exhibit, as well as informational booths of the Non-GMO Working Group, Raspberry Hill Community Garden, Master Gardeners, and more.

1:30 to 2:15  Gather for a presentation about our plans for next year, including our Winter Book Group, which will read and discuss Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe.  We are planning for this part of the afternoon to be fun and interactive, as well as informative.

2:15 to 4:00  Finally!  Have a go at the seed tables–last year, there were four large tables filled dozens of varieties of many different garden crops and wildflower species.  HSSN members will also be around to answer seed saving questions.

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