Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Community Seed Exchange's Monthly Gathering!
Support a resilient home-grown, sharing economy!


                                                          Saturday August 29th


St Stephen’s Church 500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol


11:00-12:00 FREE Class- "Everything about Tomatoes and Wet Seed Processing" bring in your favorite tomato to taste and share your favorite way to preserve them for the winter. Yeti, incredible West County gardener will be presenting everything you wanted to know about tomatoes and also how easy it is to save seed from your favorites. 


9:00 - 10:30 –SEED Garden – Grab a shovel and join the garden crew or just wander about and appreciate the fabulous SEED Garden in front of the church where we are growing seed for the community- Giant Mongolian Sunflowers, Painted Mountain Corn, Sweet Valentine Lettuce, Yellow Sunshine Beans, Amaranth and Quinoa and much more! This is a good time to talk to the experienced seed gardeners about how to save seed in your 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!These seeds are free for home gardeners. We hope that you will decide to learn how to save your own garden seeds and bring seeds back to the exchange in the coming seasons. Also bring in your seed to deposit in the library. 


Pick up seeds for your late summer and fall planting like Beets, Lettuces,Bok Choi, Brassicas and other greens…lots of flowers and herbs too!



Community Seed Exchange- Creating a grassroots community seed exchange that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds.



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Thursday, July 9, 2015

West County Community Seed Exchange Monthly Gathering! Saturday July 25th


West County Community Seed Exchange
Monthly Gathering!
Saturday July 25th
St Stephen’s Church   500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol


11:00-12:00 FREE Class- "Planning Your Winter Garden" with Master Gardener and Shone Farm instructor-Wendy Krupnik 

Wendy Krupnik  has been an organic farmer and gardener for over 30 years. Wendy has been actively involved with organizations working to further a more sustainable agriculture. She coordinated the 4-acre garden at Santa Rosa Jr. College’s Shone Farm, which is part of the Sustainable Agriculture program, and has been teaching Master Gardener classes since 1992, teaches workshops on edible gardening through Santa Rosa Parks & Recreation Department, and assists home garden clients.


 9:00 - 11:00 – Seed Library OPEN- drop in anytime between these hours to check out the hundreds of varieties of  locally grown seeds!
9:00 - 10:30 – Join the work party in the Seed Garden- (optional!)
                       

Pick up seeds for your late summer and fall planting like beans, summer  squash,  lettuces,brassicas and other greens…lots of flowers and herbs too!

 
    
 Creating a grassroots community seed exchange that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds.

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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