Seed Exchange Coming November 22nd!

The Hilltown Seed Saving Network is pleased to announce its third annual Fall Seed Exchange, on Saturday, November 22nd 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, the main event will be preceded by an introductory seed saving workshop from 1 to 2pm, taught by experienced seed saver Sadie Stull.

The seed exchange itself will run from 2:00 to 5:00 pm (see the detailed schedule of events below), and will include a run down of interesting results from the seed saving projects many of us worked on this summer.  Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm will give a talk on saving seed from biennial vegetables such as beets and carrots, Amy Pulley will discuss saving and propagating wildflower seed, and Lynne Paterson will demonstrate making sprouts.  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 11:30am to drop off seed.  We ask people to refrain from taking seed until 3:15pm; 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 413-475-2692, or Michael at 413-358-6919 or alterman@speakeasy.net.

Schedule of Events

1:00 to 2:00  For beginners or those who want a refresher:  Take our introductory seed saving workshop, with Sadie Stull.  Sadie is a homesteader, an experienced seed saver, and an engaging teacher.

2:00 to 2:30  Arrive, drop off seeds, have a snack, schmooze.  Check out a seed sprouting exhibit presented by Lynne Paterson, learn how to use our Virtual Seed Bank, and browse information about the Non-GMO Working Group, Raspberry Hill Community Garden, Master Gardeners, and more.

2:30 to 3:15  Gather for a presentation of interesting results of this summer’s seed saving projects, a talk on saving biennial vegetables by Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm, a discussion of saving wildflower seed led by Amy Pulley, and a sprouting demonstration by Lynne Paterson .

3:15 to 5:00  Finally!  Have a go at the seed tables–we are expecting 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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