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)

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

Vandana Shiva: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity, Sustainability, and Seed Saving

“we learn from the seed renewal
we learn from the seed generosity
we learn from the seed multiplicity
we learn from the seed diversity”
Vandana Shiva”

Ron Finley: Food Forest

“This film tells the story of a South Los Angeles edible garden planted in a surprising spot. Ron Finley, its planter, constructed the garden the way he wishes his neighborhood could be. And his vision of re-purposing unused open space, like that of many others working together on urban agriculture in our city, should inspire us all, and remind us of how, with a little creativity of vision, and willingness to get our hands dirty, we can remake spaces defined by asphalt and dead grass into productive places of beauty.”

2013 Seed Savers Exchange Webinar Series and Archives

The Seed Savers Exchange‘s mission statement is, “Passing on seed-saving knowledge is at the heart of Seed Savers Exchange’s mission to save the world’s diverse, but endangered garden heritage.”  Here is a link to their 2013 webinar series and their archives.

http://www.seedsavers.org/Education/Webinars/

Allan Savoy: How to Green the Desert and Reverse Climate Change

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.”

Utah Seed Exchange – 1st Annual Planting Festival

Utah Seed Exchange 1st Annual Planting Festival will be on May 4th, 2013 at Allred Orchards, 2109 North University Avenue, Provo.  There is no charge for this event thanks to the generosity of Allred Orchards, vendors, and class instructors.  Times will be announced soon.  This event is open to the public.

There will be numerous classes from experts throughout the day on topics such as soil health, seed saving and the best vegetables to grow in Utah.  All will be taught with an emphasis on organic, sustainable gardening methods by instructors such as Caleb Warnock, author of ‘Backyard Winter Gardening; Vegetables Fresh and Simple, in any Climate without Artificial Heat or Electricity’, and Michelle Roberts who runs Roberts Ranch, an organic, sustainable farm in Spanish Fork.
Logan from Woodheadgardens.com in Orem will be teaching a class on Vermiculture.  That is red worm composting, they quickly compost your scraps, and give you some of the best compost there is!  If you’d like to purchase worms and pick them up at the festival, email Logan at dirthead@woodheadgardens.com what you want, and that you want to get them at the festival, and he’ll bring them for you.  They are $15 for 1/2 pound of worms, which is about 1000 worms.  It’s plenty to get you going, they multiply rapidly after a bit.
Alex Grover, the owner of Utah Sustainable Gardening will be teaching a class on organic methods of pest and disease control.
They are bringing together the heirloom, organic start growers in Utah in one place to make shopping for your plant starts easy and fun.   There will be lots of different varieties of plants available including herbs, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons and heirloom strawberries.  Let’s support our local growers who are doing it right!  There will also be other organic growing products available.
Details will be updated on their website at utahseedexchange.org .