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We had a great Seed Swap this year We’ll report more on our successful 4th annual Seed Swap soon, but wanted to share one piece of news that grew out of this year’s event.
This year we teamed up with Pulegium Consulting run by Cynthia Espinosa Marrero to donate extra seeds from the swap to Puerto Rico.We received donated seeds from Hudson Valley, Seeds Saver Exchange, and High Mowing Seeds. Many attendees also brought their saved seeds and extra purchased seeds.
The seeds will be sent to 5 different farms: Finca Conciencia in Vieques, Finca Reverder in Laurel, a family farm in Rincon, a cooperative of women farmers in Las Piedras, and a farm through the Puerto Rico Resiliency Fund.
We donated both locally saved seeds and purchased seeds. There was a variety of squash, beans, corn, lettuce, peppers, herbs, and more. The donated seeds will support Puerto Rico’s sustainable farming and agroecology movement following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in September, 2017. The Puerto Rico Resiliency Fund is collecting donations so that they can teach residents the skills they need to grow food, grow as much as possible, and transform community food systems.
If you have extra seeds or other supplies and are interested in supporting Puerto Rico to regrow, you can donate to The Resiliency Fund, La Finca Conciencia, and to Organizacion Boricua. Cynthia with Pulegium Consulting is also a great local resource. She is working on creating food and agriculture related programming for families that have arrived from Puerto Rico.