Monday, May 18, 2015

West County Community Seed Exchange Monthly Gathering! Saturday May 30th


West County Community Seed Exchange
Monthly Gathering!
Saturday May 30th
St Stephen’s Church   500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol

11:00-12:00 Join us for a tour of our SEED GARDEN and SEED LIBRARY

Come for an informative tour of the county's only Community  SEED Garden.  
Learn about what we are saving seed from and how we do it. Learn how to check out seed and also how to bring seed in and how we care for the inventory. Find out about some of the interesting varieties being grown out for seed- such as the :

 Chimayo Pepper- an ancient heirloom from the mountains of New Mexico.It’s  sweet, complex, flavor makes this a great base for chili powder and enchilada sauce. 

Painted Mountain Corn- a colorful Montana mountain corn for milling flour. Selected by Dave Christensen from a strain of Mandan Indian corn for earliness and cold-hardiness - the ultimate survival food.  Also good for short seasons with low temperatures- like West Sonoma County.

Nutri Bud Broccoli-a wonderful  open pollinated broccoli bred in Oregon by plant breeder, Dr. Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds. This is the broccoli to grow for flavor. The sweetest, richest & possibly the most nutritious broccoli for spring & fall. 
                       

9:00 - 10:30 – Join the work party in the Seed Garden- help finish up the spring planting!!!

                 9:00 - 11:00 – Seed Library OPEN- drop in anytime between these hours to check out the hundreds of varieties of  locally grown seeds!Pick up seeds for your late spring planting like beans, summer and winter squash, corn,  lettuces and greens and lots of flowers!

 
    

Monday, February 23, 2015


West County Community Seed Exchange Monthly Gathering!
Saturday February 28th   
St Stephen’s Church   500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol


                 9:00 - 10:30 – Join the work party in the Seed Garden

                          9:00 - 11:00 – Seed Library OPEN- drop in anytime between these hours to check out the hundreds of varieties of  locally grown seeds!

                         11:00-12:00 Free Workshop-Introduction to SEED SAVING

Learn about:
               Seed families
               Easiest seeds to save
               Pollination, population size and isolation
               Wet and dry seed processing methods
               Simple seed storage methods

Taught by: Electra de Peyster- Sonoma County Master Gardener with specialization in seed saving and food gardening.
Electra has been teaching seed saving since 2005 and has volunteered at West County Community Seed Exchange since 2009.
She is the founder of SeedStewards, a project that provides seed saving information and promotes seed conservation and the importance of maintaining genetic biodiversity.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sonoma County Seed Swap


A NETWORK OF SEED SAVERS
Sharing and Protecting Diversity

Tuesday, Feb. 10 - Sebastopol Grange, Sebastopol

7:00pm-8:30pm - Arrive promptly at 7:00pm for Opening Circle

FREE You don’t have to bring seed to participate. Bring seed you have saved, excess commercial seed, plants and resources to share. Label your seed variety (date and details on how saved). 

Seed experts will be available for questions. California Rare Fruit Growers will have scions and information.

SPONSORED BY: Sebastopol Grange,West County Community Seed Exchange Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Daily Acts Permaculture Skills Center

MORE INFO:
Email westcountyseedbank@gmail.com  

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January Gathering


West County Community Seed Exchange

January 31st Gathering!!

9:00 - 10:30 - Work in the Seed Garden
9:00 - 11:30 – Seed Library OPEN
11:00-12:00 Hands on Seed Processing Class. Learn how to process and store seeds from the garden.

St. Stephen's Church
500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol
off Bodega Hwy just west of downtown
westcountyseedbank@gmail.com


NEEDED SEED LIBRARIANS
Volunteer to be a seed librarian at monthly gatherings.
Do not need to commit to every month.
Hours 8:45-12:00
Contact Laurel for more info or to sign up for a month!!


Coming up
Sonoma County SEED SWAP
February 10th
Sebastopol Grange
7:00-8:30

Monday, October 27, 2014

Want to get involved in the West County Community Seed Exchange?

Join us for our end of the year Core Group Meeting to plan for the next year, and look at what more we can do to be a local seed resource for the community, to build a network of seed savers and help build a resilient food system from the first step of seed.  We can always use more help in caring for our seed library and  the seed garden and organizing classes.

Saturday November 15th from 10am to noon.

St Stephen's Church - back classroom
500 Robinson Rd., Sebastopol