Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Local Seed Swap

A seed planted three years ago at the Ozark folk Center in Mountain View, where Arkansas' first seed swap took place, is taking root in Fayetteville. What sweeter way to spend Valentine's Day than swapping seeds and learning about the practice from area gardeners and farmers. This swap is a good educational tool for learning more about seed saving and preserving rare plants native to our region. Some of the advantages include saving the diversity of plants, maintaining species, adapting plants to the local climate and being less dependent on seed companies.

Sponsors of the Fayetteville seed swap are: the Fayetteville Community Gardening Coalition, the University of Central Arkansas' Conserving Arkansas' Agricultural heritage project, Washington County Cooperative Extension service, the national Center for Appropriate Technology and Ozark Natural Foods.

WHEN: 1:30-4:30 on Sunday, February 14

WHERE: Fayetteville Public Library

"If you have no seeds to swap but want to learn more, come along to mingle with gardeners and farmers who can provide great insight about heirloom seeds"

For more information call Katy Deaton at 479-409-4431 or Dr. Brian Campbell at 501-450-3178

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