By Francie Lin, GFN Writer-in-Residence I think everyone would rather forget the early pandemic days…
On February 24th, we are hosting our 4th annual Seed Swap! The Seed Swap is co-sponsored by Nuestras Raices, Northampton Winter Farmers Market, and the Hilltown Seed Saving Network. The Swap will be held at the Northampton Senior Center located on 67 Conz Street in Northampton. Please check out our Facebook event page to learn more and RSVP (but you can come without an RSVP).
All are welcomed – you do not need to bring any seeds to participate!
Come and share the seeds you saved from your garden or have purchased and don’t need. Pick out seeds for your garden and attend workshops on basic seed saving, plant breeding, and indigenous seed saving. Meet other community members that are passionate about gardening and the local food system.
Suggested minimum donation $5, cash or check.
10:00am to 11:00am – Drop off Seeds at the Seed Swap
11:00am to 1:00pm – Seed Swap
10:00am to 11:00am – Intro to Seed Saving with Daniel Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm. Gill,MA
11:30am to 12:30pm – Indigenous Seed Keeping with Liz Charlebois, Abenaki basketmaker and agriculturalist
11:30am to 12:30pm – Seed Breeding with Tevis Roberston-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm
11:00am to 1:00pm – Seed Paper Making. Join Heather Smokler, our Youth Education Coordinator, in making homemade recycled paper with seeds that you can take home and plant in your garden! Thank you to The Bakers Pin for the program supplies.
Those wishing to drop off seeds before the event can do so on Saturdays at the Northampton Winter Farmers Market at Northampton Senior Services, 67 Conz Street, between 9am and 2pm. Please label them with variety names, collection date, and information on whether they are open-pollinated or hybrids.
Thank you to River Valley Co-op, Amherst Nurseries, and Bear Path Compost for being Leading “Heirloom” sponsors and to Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation for being a supporting “Seed Saving” sponsor!