The Ballard Sprouts, South Park’s Providence Regina House Food Bank, and a small back yard greenhouse grew more than ten thousand starts for Seattle’s Giving Gardens. 2017 should be a very good year.Thank you to all of the volunteers who planted, nurtured, transplanted and transported these wonderful plants.
You may already know of a really great program, food and faith initiative, or kitchen feeding program or needy family for your extra produce. In January, Solid Ground also surveyed groups and updated a list of recipients. Happy Gardening, and Happy donating!
The King County Seed Lending Library hosts its Second Annual Seed Swap on January 31, 2015, which is National Seed Swap Day. Get your edible gardening started: share seeds of your favorite plants and get inspired to grow something new! The free swap will be held 1-4 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Avenue N., Seattle, in Rooms 6 and 7 of the Blue Building.
Please bring seeds if you have them. They can be homegrown or store-bought — even partially used packets. Attendees aren’t required to bring seeds to take them, but are asked to limit what they take in order for all to enjoy the swap.
Workshops will offer education on saving and cleaning seeds. Speakers include KCSLL Co-director and Urban Food Warrior Caitlin Moore; author Bill Thorness (Edible Heirlooms, Cool Season Gardener); and author and educator Lisa Taylor (Your Farm in the City, Maritime Northwest Garden Guide).
Learn about the library’s newest branch: the Phinney Neighborhood Association! The PNA has agreed to host the seed collection in its popular Tool Library. Starting in February, seeds can be “checked out” during the Tool Library’s regular hours.
For more information, see www.kingcoseed.org.