Hope to see you there! ~ Raven (Social Media Coordinator)
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
“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:
Click 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.
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):
by Homestead Lady on July 12, 2013
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 kits 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?!
Can 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!
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.
“The buried foundations of food and future-food are slowly disappearing. Environmental journalist Simran Sethi takes us beneath our plates to explore the erosion of what we grow and eat. Through an exploration of agricultural biodiversity, seed monocultures and consolidation, and the small-scale farmers who continue to grow much of the world’s food, Simran explains what we all can do to ensure the security and sovereignty of our seed and food.”