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.

8:31:13 cute sleeping beePhoto: Raven Simons©2013 Shapeshifting, Inc
all rights reserved, used with permission

Mushroom Class Tonight – July 25

Join us tonight for our mushroom class taught by local Biocentric Brothers.  Read about it here on Homestead Lady’s Blog.  RSVP via Facebook here.

By Raven Simons ©2013 Shapeshifting, Inc all rights reserved

By Raven Simons
©2013 Shapeshifting, Inc
all rights reserved

And for your enjoyment go to the link and watch this fine mushroom video from Perennial Plate:

http://www.theperennialplate.com/episodes/2011/05/episode-55-mushroom-music/

July 25th Meeting and How to Grow Mushrooms Class

Homestead Lady,  did an awesome write up on our July Class and meeting so I’ve copied and pasted her blog entry with her permission (just FYI Homestead Lady is also the president of Salt Lake County Seed Swap):

How to Grow Mushrooms in Utah!

by Homestead Lady on July 12, 2013

biocentricThis one is for the Utah people!

The Salt Lake County Seed Swap is hosting Biocentric Bros, Utah’s Own Mushroom growers, as they teach us how to grow mushrooms in Utah both indoors and out.  The class will be held at our homestead in South Jordan on July 25th (yes, the day after Pioneer Day) at 7pm and should run about an hour to an hour and a half.  Everyone is invited; you do NOT have to be a member of the Swap to attend the class.  (Although, you’re very welcome to join – it’s free and has many privileges!)  The best way to RSVP (a must to get the address) is to leave me a message and I’ll email you the information you’ll need.  You can also go to the Facebook page for the Swap and rsvp on the events page, which will have a description of the class and a place to say you’re coming.

Chase, of Biocentric Bros (yes, they’re actually brothers – I asked; plus they have a good friend helping out), says that they’ll bring kitsbiocentric 2 to get us started, if we’re interested in purchasing some.  Each kit is $20 or you can buy three for $50.  That night, they’ll have Reishi, Shiitake, King Oyster, Wild Oyster, Elm Oyster and Lion’s Mane available.  They originally got into growing mushrooms and, more broadly, gardening as they started thinking more about the health of the food they ate.  You can read a write up the Salt Lake Tribune did on them last year here; you can click on the photos for photo credit from the article.  Biocentric also has a website but they’re so busy growing awesome things to put much content in – it’s mostly there to give you a way to contact them and access their Facebook page.   I follow them on Facebook and they’ll tell you when they have something fun going on – they just got t-shirts made, for instance.  Who wouldn’t love a mushroom t-shirt?!

biocentric 3Can I just tell you how excited I am about this class?!   These guys did what us homesteaders are so, so, so familiar with – they read books, got some gear and tried it out!  Now, several years later, they’re successfully selling at the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market and teaching others how to grow their own.  I love people who grow food, don’t you?  I’ve wanted to know how to grow mushrooms for so long but was always too intimidated.  Every time I think about it I get visions of old growth forests in the mist, but I don’t happen to have any old growth forests in the mist.  This is Utah.  It’s dry.  A bit.  Mushrooms are like magic in the world of plants, though; they take dead materials and turn them into useable organics.  Plus, there’s all this wonderful growing and “blooming” taking place without a single root or a speck of dirt; genetic tests even seem to indicate that mushrooms are more closely related to animals than they are to plants.  For all our knowledge in Botany and Biology, the Fungi kingdom still baffles us on so many levels.  Did you know some mushrooms glow in the dark?  Yeah, I don’t know that those are legal to sell in Utah; this ain’t California, man.

If you’re in Utah, please feel free to join us; remember, you don’t have to be a member of the Swap to attend classes.  I must have a headcount, though so be sure to leave me a message if you’d like to rsvp.  See you there!

Here is the event link.

Salt Lake County Seed Swap BOD Meeting This Thursday – 5/23

Please join us on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 P.M. at the Tyler Library in Midvale for the May meeting of the Salt Lake County Seed Swap.  Anyone interested in serving on the board of directors or any standing committee is encouraged to attend.  This board of directors’ meeting will be held in lieu of a May general meeting.

Ruth Vine Tyler Library                                                                                                 Wood St, Midvale, UT 84047

Thursday, May 23 from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.