Do you save seed? Do you have extra half-packets of vegetable seed lying around from last season's exuberant purchases? Do you wish you could access some of those exotic heirloom varieties without having to buy whole packets? Do you want to start a garden and yearn for diversity? Come to our seed swap!
Bring your seed, and bring junk mail envelopes to carry home your bounty. If you don't have seed to share, come anyway and take home a starter garden.
9:00am to 9:45am lecture on Seed Saving - learn why it is important and valuable to save seed, what are heirlooms, how to avoid GMO's, and briefly how to save seed from popular winter vegetables.
9:45am we'll reorganize the room and begin the seed swap.
Our seed swap emphasizes FUNCTIONAL PLANTS: Seeds from vegetables, herbs (culinary and medicinal), grains, fiber/dye plants, compost crops are all welcomed.
(why not ornamental flowers?)
Resources about seed-saving:
* a delightful article about Seed Swaps by Heather Coburn, author of Food Not Lawns - we'll be following her "potluck" version of organizing
- Suzanne Ashworth, Seed to Seed (available in LA Public Library system)
- read about the Safe Seed Pledge here and here
- a fact sheet on Genetic Engineering from Californians for GE-Free Agriculture (pdf) (html)
- Greenpeace's webpage on genetic engineering
- an article about seeds and biodiversity which has tons of resources at the bottom
Part of the Organic Vegetable Gardening class series
Cost: $1 to 5 suggested donation
Please bring a can of food to donate to LAX Food Pantry.
Site: Community Garden at Holy Nativity Church,
6700 W. 83rd, Westchester (LA 90045)