Poster for May 22, 2014 Swap

seed swap posterPlease, if you have the time, print out a copy and post it at your local library and community boards. We want to see as many new friends as possible. ~ Bethany (President)

Hope to see you there! ~ Raven (Social Media Coordinator)

May 22, 2014 Meeting – Seeding, Cutting, Transplant, and Bulb Exchange

Hey Everyone this months meeting is going to be great!! Please mark your calenders. even if you don’t have anything to bring please come and meet gardeners in the valley make new friends and learn something new.
8275 South 1300 West, West Jordan, Utah 84088
Thursday, May 22nd
7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
May’s meeting will be a seedling, cutting, transplant and bulb exchange.I know when I start seeds inside, I plant 2-4 more than I need “just in case” and I think I am not the only one so bring all the extra plants you have that wont fit in your garden, divide your chives and pot up a few to trade for something new. Trim your sage and mint and let the cuttings take root so someone else can start their own patch for tea, If you have a plant that you no longer want dig it up and put it in a pot, dig up some of your multiplier onions and see if someone brings something you have been looking for.

We can all come home with something great if we all see what we can bring. Kind of makes me think of Stone Soup. ~ Bethany

Hope to see you there!🙂 ~ Raven

Salt Lake County Seed Swap Meeting Thursday, March 27, 2014

Just a reminder this months seed swap and meeting are this Thursday!! We will be voting on a lot of important issues so please try to come if you can.
1013791_719668431416946_2088085214_nCome join us for our monthly seed swap! We will also be taking votes as to where our members would like to meet in the future, and how the monthly meetings should be held( Just a swap, classes, tours, or all of the above) I am sorry the location isn’t closer to the old location I have been having a very hard time reserving rooms at libraries.
When:  Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time:  7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Where: Kearns Library  – Directions
5350 S 4220 W, Kearns, UT 84118
(801) 943-4636

Seed Act

“SEED ACT aims to inspire social engagement – sensorial, aromatic, engaging and activating, the film will constitute an action in itself.
Informing about the current situation of traditional seed varieties, imminent threats – loss of biodiversity, state of the food system, legislation, …
Questioning the role of seeds in our society, the direction being pointed out, new seed laws and patents on life.
Activating – waking up ears and consciousnesses, show real and possible inspiring lives and stimulate the willingness to take action for free seeds.”

Visit their website.

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The Farmer, the Architect and the Scientist – A Seed Hero

“A new film, ‘The Farmer, the Architect and the Scientist’ tells the story of a seed hero. Dr Debal Deb is a pioneering ecologist committed to working with traditional farmers in eastern India to conserve indigenous seed diversity. Over almost two decades, Debal has managed to save 920 varieties of rice, all of which he stores in community based seed banks in West Bengal and Odisha for farmers. This film follows the construction of a new seed bank premises in Odisha, a venture that provides a potent symbol of Debal’s values.

As we saw in Seeds of Freedom, small-scale traditional farmers and their rich diversity of locally adapted seed varieties are being written out of the story of seed. They are the victims of an aggressive global lobbying effort, designed to convince a world terrified about food security that the corporatization of the global food system, involving transgenic seeds, is the only way to feed the world.

But there are those who dispute this narrative – seed heroes, men and women, from around the world – who understand that the key to a healthy food system lies in maintaining the immense local and regional bio-cultural diversity of seeds and traditional farming methods. Their work to uphold farmland and community resilience and health has never been more important.”

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Plant A Seed Saturday and Photo Contest

Give a Shit about Bees  is having an event Saturday, September 7, 2013 called PASS Plant a Seed Saturday:

“PASS – Plant A Seed Saturday
This month we are asking you to plant some garlic (just break your garlic into cloves and plant). Virtually every part of the plant can be put on your plate and their flowers are perfect for bees. Garlic is also relatively easy to grow and is a powerful, anti-bacterial, anti-viral herb. Each clove has the potential to produce a full garlic with cloves that could see you through for a week or more. Leave to flower and harvest later or pick out garlic just before flowering for bulbous garlic. Again, we are counting on you – big or small – to help out. For container gardening, place 1 clove per 6-8 inch pot. Please invite everyone on your friends’ list to partake in this event and lets spread the seeds around the world.”

To sweeten the pot they are having a photo contest for participants:

GASAB planting photo contest jpgClick on the above flyer to see better or visit GASAB’s poster on Facebook here.

The biggest action you can take on behalf of all pollinators is to plant nectar and pollen sources for them and be part of creating nourishing habitat.

Urban Bees – Noah Wilson-Rich

“We depend on bees to pollinate our crops yet the cost of these fruits and vegetables continues to rise as bees rapidly and mysteriously disappear. Noah Wilson-Rich, founder of Boston’s Best Bees Company, teaches us how urban beekeeping just might save a city and a species in this TEDPrize City 2.0 talk.”

8:25:13 big eyed pinkPhoto by Raven Simons
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