Knox & Lincoln Counties extension to host annual seed swap and save

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WALDOBORO - All gardeners out there, both beginners and experienced, who enjoy growing new plants, will enjoy the 4th Annual Saving Seeds Workshop and Seed Swap Day on Saturday, January 26 at Knox & Lincoln Counties Extension, 377 Manktown Road in Waldoboro.  If a snow date is needed, it is planned for the following Saturday, February 2.  The program will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. Please join Master Gardener Jean Vose at this Workshop and Swap . The workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. with an introduction to seed saving and swapping.

The first official seed swap day was held in January 2006 in Washington, D.C. and is now a national “day.” It's a day when gardeners come together and swap the seeds from their best plants. This helps to improve our local biodiversity. It’s also a time to swap stories and skills as you get ready for the upcoming gardening season!

It is not necessary to bring seeds to swap to attend this program.  Remember to bring your friends, favorite saved seeds, catalogues and gardening stories to share.  Vose has been facilitating this swap for four years and is a strong advocate for growing native and heirloom plants.  The slideshow talk gives an overview of saving seeds including the history and tradition, why it is important, how seed saving relates to food security, and the best sources for seed.  Although people have been swapping seeds since time began, these days people usually buy seeds. This old skill of swapping seeds is disappearing from our culture. When you save your own seeds, you are joining a chain of farmers, gardeners and seed savers that dates back to the Stone Age.

Guidelines for swapping seeds: Please do not bring seed collected from hybrid plants, as they won't grow true to type; no GMO seed; bring any special growing instructions; ex. full sun, moist soil, shade; bring perennial, annual or biannual seeds. Envelopes and labels will be provided for seeds and for writing seed information. Please bring any information you know about your seeds including common name/variety, the year the seeds were collected, where they were grown and who grew them and any other information about what makes the variety unique, or tips for growing.

Vose is a Master Gardener, certified horticulturist and backyard beekeeper living in Nobleboro where she has created gardens to attract pollinators as well as the other beneficial creatures.  The original homestead, established in 1910, features a farmhouse of that era bounded by more than 200 acres of open fields and mixed woods.  The gardens feature vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses, trees, and shady spots.  In addition, they are planted with many native plants designed to attract pollinators and beneficial insects.  Most of her gardens have been established for over 15 years.  She has been a backyard beekeeper since 1986.  She keeps and manages honeybee hives in her backyard apiary for pollination and honey.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information or questions about this event, call Jean at (207) 563-7564 or email godslove@tidewater.net. For directions to the Extension office, visit the website: https://extension.umaine.edu/ knox-lincoln/directions/. 

Event Date: 
Sat, 01/26/2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
Knox & Lincoln Counties Extension, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro
Contact Phone: 
(207) 563-7564
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