Greetings, Fellow Salish Seed Stewards! It’s been far too long since we have all joined together in the Community Seed Garden. We wanted to share with you all some updates for the 2022 season, and welcome the newcomers onboard!
We want to invite you to join us for a season wrap up and whats next meeting on Zoom
If you joined us last year, we welcome feedback and ideas about what you loved and what adjustments we could attempt to make the coming year even better. If you can’t make this time but want to be involved let us know.
Topic: Salish Seed Guild Wrap up General meeting
Time: Wednesday Nov 9, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 753 9390 0153 Passcode: MfV45M
2022 Community Seed Garden Report
Our inaugural season for the Community Seed Garden was an astounding success! With Inspiration Farm as host for the garden, together with 60 volunteers putting in over 600 hours, we grew over $5,000 in wholesale value worth of seeds for our distribution efforts. Once in packets, this translates to over $20,000 in seed packet value to benefit our community and contribute to local seed sovereignty with locally-adapted varieties.
Free Seed Boxes ready to pollinate Whatcom County! A full list of our seasonal distribution sites is here on our website. Donations are encouraged in exchange for the seed packets, from those who can afford to contribute, so that we may continue to do this work of stewarding and sharing locally-adapted seed into the future.
We hosted 3-hour educational work parties once or twice a week, from April to October, sharing skills on planting, tending, harvesting, and cleaning various seed crops, using organic permaculture-based methods. In addition, we had four focused workshops, two on “Seed Saving 101”, one on saving tomato seed, and one for squash and cucumbers. We produced heaps of seed for beans (dry and snap), peas, lettuce, tomatoes, summer and winter squash, beets, spinach, favas, popcorn, grains, leeks, onions, cilantro, calendula, radishes, kale, basil, sunflowers, and parsnips.
2022 SEASON PREVIEW
We are excited to launch into Year 3 of our collective efforts to grow and learn together in the seed garden! We expect general work parties to begin in early April, and we are still working out dates and times for this year. If you are interested in volunteering in the garden and are not already signed up on our garden work day volunteer list, please do so here. And we’d love for you to share this opportunity with any friends and family members you think might be interested!
Do you have a school group or community group that would be interested in scheduling a specific work day together at the seed garden? Please reach out, we’d love to have you and work with your schedule! If you are working with a community group that wishes to save some seeds at a different location, and would like some advice from or collaboration with the Salish Seed Guild, please let us know! FINANCIAL SUPPORT
We are so grateful for the financial support of so many who contributed! We are currently an all-volunteer effort and depend on your donations to pay for seed packaging supplies, labels, fliers, posters, mulch, tools, and infrastructure.
Our production, distribution, and educational efforts can all multiply with more financial support. Please consider making a donation and sharing our fundraiser with others. Click here to make an online donation, or to donate by check, put “Salish Seed Guild” in the memo and address it to: Sustainable Bellingham c/o Celt Schira 1028 12th St. Bellingham, WA 98225Copyright © 2022 Salish Seed Guild, All rights reserved.
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