Tomorrow- March 29th – Salt Lake County Seed Swap Early Season Gardening Class

Local – Salt Lake County, Utah   Friday, March 29th
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
The March class will be on techniques for early season gardening, including a section on the end about saving seed from lettuce and the special challenges of saving seed from spinach and how early season growing can minimize them, Clarence Whetten, Advanced Master Gardener, will be teaching.  The class will be at the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan:


$5.00 Gardening Classes at Thanksgiving Point

Local – Utah County, Utah  Thanksgiving Point  Saturday, 2/23/13
On Saturday, February 23rd, Thanksgiving Point is hosting its yearly Spring Backyard Gardening Workshops.  All classes are $5 each, with a few exceptions, and range all over the gardening topics out there from seeds to bees to pruning to chickens.  I’ll be teaching about herbs, gardening month by month in Utah and beginning organic gardening – provided the baby decides to wait that long!
Go to to register on Thanksgiving Point’s website – you must register to attend and most years you can plan to do that on site if you don’t get around to it beforehand.  BUT, our education coordinator has said she’s already had to up the registration limits because so many people are wanting to attend this year so please don’t delay!

Seed Starter Workshop Article in the Examiner

Nice write up by the Examiner on the Salt Lake County Seed Swap.  Please note that currently we haven’t gotten the date nailed down for this workshop.

Organic Gardening Distance Learning Course

Cornell University is offering online courses on organic gardening and a variety of other topics like permaculture design, planning and designing sustainable gardening programs, and even botanical illustration.  Class prices vary with the class on organic gardening listed as $300.00 for a seven week course (including one week of introduction).  Next class starts at the end of March.

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. 🙂 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,

Possible schedule for seed swap

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