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
“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.”
“we learn from the seed renewal
we learn from the seed generosity
we learn from the seed multiplicity
we learn from the seed diversity”
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!
Thursday, June 27th we will have our monthly meeting and June class. The class will be a home garden irrigation class taught by Jim Emmons, Master Gardener. He’ll talk about options, conservation, plant selection, etc. We will also we’ll have a DIY rain barrel with all of it’s parts laid out and simple instructions on how to make one.
Please join us from 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. at the Tyler (Midvale) Library on Thursday, June 27, 2013. The library is located at:
8041 South Wood Street, Midvale, Utah
You can RSVP for this event on Facebook here.
Photo by Raven Simons