Seed & Plant Exchange of the West County Community Seed Library

May 30 2009 10:00 am
May 30 2009 1:00 pm

Join the West County Community Seed Library project for the first Seed and Plant exchange. Please bring clean seed or plants you want to share. Sara McCamant will teach an "Introduction to Seed Saving" class from 10:30-11:30, which will review the basic protocol for growing out clean seed to share. Seed and Plant exchange and Local Food potluck will follow class. (read more about the Sonoma County Community Seed Library below)

What you could bring:
… Plants or seeds to share
… Coin envelopes
… Books or resources for sharing with others
… Local food potluck item!

Location:
Salmon Creek School Garden
1935 Bohemian HWY
Occidental


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About the West County Community Seed Library

Vision:
To create a grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County gardeners with locally grown, open pollinated, pesticide and GMO free seeds. Anyone can become a member of the West County Seed Library, we ask for a donation of $5.00-$20.00 and a commitment to grow out and donate back seed following the library's protocol for growing clean seeds.  No on is turned away for lack of funds.   The West County Seed Library will be housed at the Salmon Creek School Garden and will be open to the public monthly for classes, resource sharing and a seed and plant exchange. The West County Seed Library will have resources available to members on growing and processing seeds.
 
Why save seed and why a local seed bank?
Our rapidly changing world gives us all the more reason to strengthen our local resources and our ability to be self-sufficient.  Local seed saving allows us to cultivate plants that do well in our region, with each generation adapting more to the local environment.   It also lets us preserve heirloom seeds that are being lost as the seed industry is being concentrated into fewer and fewer large corporations.  Seed banks are a great investment; with some plants one seed can return up to 40.000.  The abundance seed savers experience should be shared with the community and helps to model a different economic system.    We hope to cultivate a network of seed savers in the region to support each other and the seed library, which will be a resource for the expanding community of gardeners and help strengthen our local food system.

For more information contact Sara McCamant 829-5234 or saramc@emeraldearth.org 

Seed Bank off to a good start!

Dear Local Foodies,

During our mapping sessions in which we identified many things that our community has and many things that we need, the desire for a seed bank was mentioned over and over again. Now due to the brilliant offerings of Sara McCamant, Laurel Anderson, Phil Persons and Salmon Creek School, Saturday, May 30th kicked off the first event of the West County Community Seed Bank at Salmon Creek School Garden on 1935 Bohemian Hwy in Occidental!

Sara taught a class on an "Introduction to Seed Saving" highlighting four plants, lettuce, tomatoes, arugula and beans. Plants and seeds were available for taking or exchanging and a lending library of gardening books was available. Thanks go to Lynmar Winery, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) and Salmon Creek School for getting our bank started. We also toured the school garden and got a lesson on garlic growing from Phil Persons.

Then there was a potluck with lovely food and lively discussion around all things related to gardening. It was fun and informative.

The West County Community Seed Bank will host these events the last Saturday of the month from Spring through Fall from 10 - 1. During this next event, June 27th, there will be hands-on crafting of 3 sizes of seed sorting trays, a talk on biennials and instruction on saving more difficult seed. A nominal fee will be asked for materials.

Thank you so much to all involved who helped make this possible,

Nancy Goddard for Transition Sebastopol