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Coming Up This Saturday, 3/8/14 at a Newly Created Seed Library!
How to Grow Vegetables for Seed Saving, presented by Amy LeBlanc, Certified Organic Gardener. 1-4pm, Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck St., LIttleton, MA
Sponsored by Littleton Community Farm, the Reuben Hoar Library, and the Littleton Conservation Trust
To register, please call the Reuben Hoar Library: 978-540-2600
Littleton, MA – January 21, 2014 – Seed saving is a way to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations.
If you’d like to learn about the process of collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, you can attend a free lecture presented by Amy LeBlanc on how to grow vegetables for seed saving. LeBlanc is a certified organic farmer in the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). The lecture will take place in the Cooper Room at the Reuben Hoar Library at 41 Shattuck Street in Littleton, MA on Saturday, March 8, from 1:00-4:00pm. The event is co-sponsored by Littleton Community Farm, the Reuben Hoar Library, and the Littleton Conservation Trust. Registration is requested.
LeBlanc will explore seed saving techniques for annual food crops like peas, beans, tomatoes, herbs, garlic, and peppers. Attendees will learn practical basics about self-pollinating crops, insect and wind pollination and the problems with cucurbits. She will discuss vegetable varieties that grow well in our micro-climates, and how your family favorites may become the resilient building blocks for future varieties. Leblanc is a University of Maine Master Gardener, an educator and speaker on the subject of seed saving, with a specialization in tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Along with her husband Mike LeBlanc, she owns and operates the 100-acre Whitehill Farm in East Wilton, Maine, and she is active in agricultural research. Passionate about saving heirloom seed varieties, LeBlanc has been saving seeds for years. She is a contributing member of Seed Savers Exchange, and the Farmington Seed Savers; a member of and crop certification specialist for MOFGA; a member of and a presenter for the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA); a member of the Certified Naturally Grown Program; and a recipient of two Northeast SARE grants to study disease in garlic. Every three years she attends the Organic World Congress hosted by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements. She is planning her 2014 trip to Istanbul. She also compiles the Tomato Lovers Paradise catalog, which is appreciated by tomato enthusiasts worldwide. Amy saves seed for about 10% of the plant varieties she grows. Generally, these are the rarer varieties that are being maintained by only 2-3 people in the world. Her heirlooms preserve genetic diversity and educate others about the importance of that diversity and of knowing how to grow food.
“We are delighted to have Amy share her expertise in the area of seed saving,” said Amy Tarlow-Lewis, President of the Board of Directors for Littleton Community Farm. “In this era of corporate agriculture it’s vitally important to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations.” About Seed Library Littleton Seed Library Littleton is a partnership between Littleton Community Farm and the Reuben Hoar Library, and it was established to enable anyone in Littleton the opportunity to “borrow” heirloom and open-pollinated seeds for free.
The mission of Seed Library Littleton is to build community through the collecting and sharing of bio-diverse, locally-adapted seeds, provide education on seed saving techniques, and create a forum for discourse on the relevancy of local food systems to our community.
For more details, visit http://littletoncommunityfarm.com/seed-library-littleton/.
About Littleton Community Farm
Founded in the summer of 2012, Littleton Community Farm is a non-profit organization that aspires to be a center for farm-based education and a model for traditional and innovative farming methods. Our aim is to inspire through hands-on, multigenerational exposure to farm, land, food, and volunteerism; growing for ourselves and for others.
For more information visit www.littletoncommunityfarm.com
For more information about the Seed Lending Library, please contact: Workshop Coordinator, Katie Carruth email@example.com
Seed Packaging Party
We had a great seed packaging party, (notice the empty box on the table before the party) an interesting talk about heirloom seeds by Dr. Deborah Bier, and another speaker event about growing your own food, by Linda Ugelow and Meighan Matthews in a short amount of time. Whew! We're thankful that we had so many willing volunteers and seed enthusiasts who came to these events. More good news is that our seed order for this year will be on it's way next week.
Check out the newly restocked cabinet for seed that we packaged up from last year as well as some returned/donated seeds that have been packaged. We're happy to hear any suggestions to make it easier and better as we enter into the growing season. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What is a Seed Lending Library? How Can You "Borrow" Seeds?
Photo credit: courtesy of Maia Kennedy
The Concord Free Public Library is growing one of the first seed lending libraries in Massachusetts. We hope the idea will go 'fungal' and every library will have a seed library.
How it Works
Why Save Seeds?
The time honored tradition of seed saving promotes biodiversity and nurtures locally adapted plants varieties. Saving seed increases our community’s capacity to feed itself wholesome
food by encouraging gardening and the cultivation of open pollinated and heirloom seeds.
How Do You Save Seeds?
We will have three categories of seeds; Super Easy, Easy, and Difficult. These categories pertain to what level of saving seeds they are, not how hard they are to grow. We will teach you how to save seed for each group and we also hope to offer organic gardening lessons as well.
Where Are You Located?
The Concord Seed Lending Library is located in the lower level of the Fowler Branch Public Library in Concord, Massachusetts. This is a new initiative supported by the Concord Free Public Library.
When May I Start Borrowing Seeds?
We opened for business at the Concord Fowler Branch Public Library as of April 2013. You don’t need a library card to borrow seeds but we do ask that you view our Seed Saving page to read the seed saving orientation first before returning any seed.
Still have questions?
See this page to submit a question or suggestion or send email to email@example.com. Thank you!
Let us know about any seed stories you might have, such as if you got an heirloom corn seed passed down from Aunt Amelia. Maybe you planted one of our seeds that you borrowed last year. Or, perhaps your Great Grandfather from Arkansas had this unbelievable tomato he grew every year, and some of your fondest memories are from his tomato sandwiches you had. We want to know! Email us and we'll put your story on our homepage.
Where can I find the PowerPoint from your speaker event?!
See our Events page for recent events and resources from these events as well as our Seed Library Partner events.
It's February so that means we're open! See how to get started in planting your seeds on our Resources page.
Farming around Concord
See a map of many local farms in Concord here.