Seeds of things to Come: 4th Annual Seed Swap co-hosted by GRUB Education Program & Chico Permaculture Guild

On Saturday February 23rd from 2 pm – 6pm at the GRUB cooperative at 1525 Dayton Road in Chico, the GRUB Education Program and Chico Permaculture Guild host their 4th Annual Spring Seed Swap.

On Wednesday February 13th from 3pm – 5pm, at the Chico Peace and Justice Center 526 Broadway, Chico, California 95928 the two groups will co-host a pre-seed swap presentation by Jared Zystro, MA. Zystro is a California Research & Education Specialist working as an outreach specialist for the Organic Seed Alliance. Jared will present a compelling talk about the seed industry concentration, restrictive patents on plant genetics, and the growing challenge of protecting seed integrity from genetically engineered (GE) traits -which all impact the growth and success of our seed system. This session will provide an overview of the challenges farmers and other organic stakeholders face in building ethical seed systems, while exploring the promising potential of regional seed networks that are successfully confronting these troubling trends.

What’s a Seed Swap: WHAT’S PROVIDED (hint: you do not need to bring seeds to attend!)

*Seed Swap ‘Potluck’ Style
*Speaker Presentations
*Info on Seeds & Local Events
*Seeds and Plants for Sale
*Seed Ball Creation Station

(Local heirloom seed company REDWOOD SEEDS will join us again!)

WHAT TO BRING: PLEASE label your seeds or plants

*Seeds, bulbs, plants, cuttings, and more to exchange
*Used envelopes/containers and pens/pencils – to label what you take home
*Thoughtful gardening advice to share with friends

Speaker Schedule:
2:30 Chico Grange Seed Garden
3:00 Bulk Bins for Seed Sourcing
3:30 Seed Library Start-up
4:00 Redwood Seed Company presents ‘Seed Saving’
5:00 TBA

Independent seed producers – including home gardeners who save seed – help to maintain and increase the genetic integrity and diversity of plant varieties being produced; local seed producers are far more likely to have seeds that are fresh, adapted and appropriate to your region, almost ensuring your success as a gardener in growing them, and perhaps even more importantly, your success in being able to save seed from the plants you have grown in order to grow them again. Many large scale seed producers, far far away from the North State, only grow limited numbers of standard varieties, they produce seeds which produce plants that are purposefully engineered to produce sterile seed so that gardeners are unable to successfully save seed from generation to generation, and in many cases they sell seed that has been genetically modified with pesticides, herbicides and/or growth hormones, the long term effects to our food supply, our environment and our collective health we will only know in time. If we want sovereignty over our food supply, we need sovereignty over our seeds. Learning the right ways to grow plants for seed, as well as best-practice techniques to harvest and store seed are essential skills for any gardener.

The GRUB Education Program Nonprofit

“The GRUB Education Program aims to improve the quality of our lives and all life we interact with through locally based, environmental and socially sustainable agriculture, sharing of resources, and experiential learning and services.

This program is an exploration into the health of a local interdependence where stewardship of the land, the environment, and the community is the primary purpose. Society is an accumulation of the stories of its living community, a fabric woven by treads of commonality. We at GRUB have decided to take responsibility for our experience. We have chosen to change our patterns in a fabric we are a part of creating. We are living a life that finds balance through diversity; we have chosen to switch threads.

A federally-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization (EIN# 31-1776669) and registered as a charitable organization with the State of California.”

Chico Permaculture Guild:

Under the organizational leadership of Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper, owner with her husband Brian of Gaia Creations, Ecological Landscaping & Permaculture Solutions for People and Planet, the Chico Permaculture Guild is a group of people organizing in the Chico community in order to facilitate the outreach of permaculture education. The guild organizes workshops which assist homeowners, renters and property owners alike as well as collaborates with the local community on local sustainability efforts.

Photo: Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper speaks to attendees of the Seed Swap in the fall of 2010. Photo courtesy of Chico Permaculture Guild.

For more information on either event contact:

Sherri Scott (GRUB) 342-3376 sherri@grubchico.org, OR
Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper (Chico Permaculture Guild) 828-6390 modcpg@gmail.com

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In a North State Garden is a bi-weekly North State Public Radio and web-based program celebrating the art, craft and science of home gardening in Northern California and made possible in part by the Gateway Science Museum - Exploring the Natural History of the North State and on the campus of CSU, Chico. In a North State Garden is conceived, written, photographed and hosted by Jennifer Jewell - all rights reserved jewellgarden.com. In a North State Garden airs on Northstate Public Radio Saturday morning at 7:34 AM Pacific time and Sunday morning at 8:34 AM Pacific time, two times a month.
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