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I went to Seed Savers Exchange!! Wheeee!!
Because of my rampant seed-geekery and enthusiasm for community seed projects, I was asked to attend the 34th Annual Campout and Conference, and talk on a panel about the seed swap, seed library and community garden projects I steward/coordinate. Since being able to attend the event was included in the invite, I jumped at the chance. Seed Geeks Unite!
|Who says you can't glamp in a tent?|
I think our panel was well received: my lovely friend Raine spoke about the work she does with the Ojibwe peoples across five reservations here in northwestern Wisconsin, and a librarian from the Decorah Public Library spoke about the seed library project now in its second year. I was my usual, very enthusiastic self--mainly, I wanted people to leave with the idea that even if they start small and don't think it will grow, their seed project may just launch into a really wonderful addition to their communities. I mean, heck. Everything I help coordinate started with ten people sitting around my kitchen table, eating soup and trading seeds on a winter's afternoon! Now, there's a big seed swap every year, an annual plant swap, a fledgling seed library and a community garden going on. I had NO idea that would happen when I had some folks over for lunch six years ago...so you never know, right? Plus, you might get invited to really cool national seed-saving conferences, get to camp out under the stars, and meet dozens of new friends from all over the place. If THAT isn't motivation to give a community seed project a try, I don't know WHAT is.
I also got to tour lovely gardens:
Now, back to life on the Farmlette. First order of business, wander the gardens, run the hoe around, and figure out what can be tackled on a rather warm day. Second order of business, sow a few seeds for fall plantings of spinach, carrots, lettuce, and (possibly) beans. Then, a nap. It was a long, full weekend, after all.