Seed Exchange – Give Seeds a Chance

Now an annual event at the White Clover Grange in Mohler co-sponsored by Fulcrum Community Resources, the White Clover Grange and the Nehalem Garden Club.

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.”  fromThe Seed Ambassador’s Project (www.seedambassadors.org

You can get herb, vegetable, flower and native plant seeds and information at the Seed Exchange. All seeds are free, whether you bring some to share or not. Handouts will be available for people to take and there will also be some books and resources on hand for browsing.

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 (10 or so) and place between two moist paper towels in a warm place to see if they germinate. If 1/2 or more sprout you’re good to go!

The organizers of the event also encourage gardeners to commit to growing favorite flowers and vegetables and purposely saving that seed for next year’s exchange. In this way we expand the variety of seeds available for sharing, increase our food security and have plants that we know do well in our locale. There will be a sign up sheet available at the Exchange where you can say what you would like to grow for this purpose.

The 2018 event included knife sharpening (Dave Rockey, “The Sharpenator”), sale of locally grown meat and produce (Lance’s Farm Vittles & Moon River Farms), and lectures on bees (Jim Fanjoy) and making seed tapes (Arla Ayres from Tillamook County Master Gardeners), as well as kids activities (Marlene Weissbach from the Nehalem Bay Garden Club & Abigail Waldron.)

If would like to participate or want to know more about it,  email barbaraandchuck@nehalemtel.net.

History:  In Spring 2014, Dawn Shears and Barbara McLaughlin organized the first one at the Beehive in Nehalem in 2014.  Karen Matthews from the Alder Creek Farm Community Garden gave a talk and there was lively discussion.  Fulcrum contributed $115 towards the expenses. Other contributors were Salt and Paper (printing), North County Recreation District (tables) and the Beehive in Nehalem (venue).

 

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