Salt Lake County Seed Swap Meetings and Classes

This is for those in Utah, specifically those in Salt Lake County, who would be attending our swaps and classes in 2013. This message was originally posted to our Yahoo group and if you’re interested in participating in the group and aren’t signed up there, I suggest you take a minute to join; it’s free and is up to date on events and a place where swap members can communicate with each other. Either way, if you plan to attend events this year, please take a minute to respond with your preferences – this is your group! Happy New Year!

“I’m currently arranging a facility for our swaps and classes and, although I know we won’t be able to accommodate everyone, I’m hopeful you can tell me what evening during the week, once a month, would be a good time for you to attend classes/swaps. It mostly depends on what the library’s schedule is like, to be honest, but I’d like to make things as easy as I can for all y’all.

On a side note, I’m trying the library first but if anyone knows of a better, free venue, feel free to pipe up. LDS meetinghouses are in abundance but each stake has its own rules about outside groups and I didn’t want to jump into that maze to figure out the details unless I had to. πŸ™‚ According to the map of SL County library locations, West Jordan and Midvale are the most central in the county and closest to I-15. I’ll check with both to see what their facilities are like. If you have a location in mind, make sure that its central-ish in the county, close to the freeway, has a goodly amount of space, clear rules for liability and is free of charge.

I have a rough schedule outlined for classes/swaps but, of course, its all subject to change. I’ll include it in this email and will eventually post it to our database for future reference once I finalize a few more details. Again, chime in if you know of good teachers on the class topics or if you have something you really want to talk about.

Happy New Year,
tessa

Possible schedule for seed swap

β€’ January – Spring planting options; swap early spring seed; veggie of the month – lettuce
β€’ February – seed starting class taught by MG Eldridge; veggie of the month – radish
β€’ March – Covered garden class taught by MG Clarence Whetten – no veggie this month
β€’ April – spring planting – what to plant right now; veggie of the month – carrots; composting workshop
β€’ May – water wise watering options; veggie of the month –
β€’ June – class – how to have great melons (also fruit of the month)
β€’ July – fall planting – what to plant now; veggie of the month – kale; backyard poultry in SLCO
β€’ August – harvest season, no meeting.
β€’ September – Preparing for beekeeping for next year; veggie of the month –
β€’ October – Final swap of the year
β€’ Nov, Dec – no meetings”

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SLcountyseedswap/

This Old Prison in Illinois May Be Transformed into a Farming Paradise

Inspiring story about how unwanted government land may be turned into a food hub and farming education center.

http://grist.org/food/this-old-prison-in-illinois-may-be-transformed-into-a-farming-paradise/

Genetically Monetized Food

Great article about why it is imperative that plant patent laws be reformed:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/food/2012/12/plant_patent_law_why_overhauling_it_will_do_more_to_help_the_food_movement.single.html

EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produceβ„’

EWG writes, “Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticidesβ„’ to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produceβ„’ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.”

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

Picking Apples, Choosing Varieties & Pruning with Patrick Whitefield

Permaculture Magazine writes: “Patrick Whitefield takes us on a seasonal journey through his shared apple orchard describing his harvests, his favourite varieties and giving his top pruning tips for healthy trees with good yields.”

http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/picking-apples-choosing-varieties-pruning-patrick-whitefield

 

Saving Seeds: 7 Reasons Why and Dozens of Tips for How

Mother Earth News writes, “Why save your own seeds? You’ll spend less, grow better crops, become more self-reliant, and join a chain of gardeners, farmers and seed savers that dates back millennia.”

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/saving-seeds-zm0z12djzsto.aspx