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Concord, MA | November 7th
“Paths to a Sustainable Food System”
A Conversation about Healthy Food and Thriving Farms
Friday, Nov. 7, 7:30-9:30 PM
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd.
presented by Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge
New England is at the end of the food system pipeline and grows just 10% of our food supply. How can we prepare for a time when locally or regionally grown food will be absolutely essential to our having enough to eat? Join a dynamo panel of local experts as we explore a vision for the future, promising practices and actions to take. Emily Wheeler, Chair of the Concord Agriculture Committee, will moderate the panel. For details: www.ConcordCAN.org. Panelists include:
Professor Brian Donahue, Brandeis University, co-author of A New England Food Vision, a collaborative report that considers the future of our region and calls for New England to reach a bold goal of producing at least 50% of our food by 2060--food that will be clean, fair, just, and accessible for all. Communities like Concord can make much better use, he says, of their productive land. He is a farmer himself, and sees a strong role for local and sustainable farming.
Jennifer Hashley, Director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at Tufts University and Co-Owner of Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds in Concord, is a leader in local food systems work, at both a theoretical and a practical level. She is herself a sustainable, organic farmer who has focused on humanely raised, organically fed animals. She will talk about the return of animal husbandry, opportunities and challenges facing small farms.
Jack Kittredge, also a farmer, is the Policy Director for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). He will speak about the new field of carbon sequestration techniques that can both increase local food production and help reduce harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
Panelists will present briefly about their special areas of expertise and will then respond to questions posed by the moderator and audience. Light refreshments will be available. For more info: http://www.concordcan.org
This event is part of the “Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge” Speaker Series , co-sponsored by six local organizations: ConcordCAN!, The League of Women Voters of Concord/Carlisle, the Social Action Community at First Parish in Concord, Musketaquid Arts and the Environment, Trinity-Congregational Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church. What brings all of these organizations together is a common belief that finding ways to resolve the climate crisis is critical for the survival of all life on this planet.
Concord, MA | October 24, 2014 Concord Roots
What can you do? Visit the many farmstands and markets featuring root vegetables (it was a great growing season for roots this year!) and cook with the people you love; make a reservation for dinner at 80 Thoreau, Bondir or other restaurants serving a root vegetable special; stop by Debra's Natural Gourmet and pick up prepared root vegetable dishes; think of something else to do and let us know! Recipes and a list of participating farms, restaurants, institutions and markets are on the Concord Food Network website: http://concordfood.ning.com/page/concord-roots-food-day. Contact:ConcordFoodNetwork@gmail.com.
Boylston, MA | Oct. 11-13
"Seed by Seed" Storywalk
at Tower Hill Botanical Garden. 9:00am - 5:00pm. Location of Storywalk is the gravel walk past Limonaia. There's also a self-guided Scavenger Hunt for family fun. The location of the hunt can be found at the Reception Desk.
Concord | Sept. 13
Seed Saving Demo
Come hear Enid B. discuss and give a demo on how to save seed at the Fowler Branch of the Concord Free Public Library on Sat. September 13th from 3:00 - 5:00pm. She'll show you how to save the seeds from your garden, provide tips and take aways. She'll display three methods of savings seeds and explain which methods work best for what you're growing. See you then!
Concord | Sept. 13 & 14
Concord Farm & Garden Fair
Visit Enid at the Concord Seed Library as she demonstrates some seed saving techniques for gardeners as well as enjoy some fresh produce! More details on our event at this website: www.concordfood.ning.com.
Radio | June 18th
You Lend What? Seed Lending Libraries Crop Up Around Massachusetts
Courtesy photo, Andrea Shea/WBUR
See Enid B. & Debbie B. on WBUR's website article on seed stories here. Also check out the audio file about the Polish Lady Tomato story from Enid.
See our contact info here: Hours & Directions and map or scan our QR code with your smartphone for our address, phone and hours here. >>
Watch the Concord Seed Lending Library interview with Enid B. on Chronicle here!
Concord | May 20th 7:00pm
Friends' Meeting & Seed Library Discussion
Enid was asked to speak at the Annual Meeting for the Friends of the CFPL at the Main Library about the goings on and how to save seed for the Seed Lending Library. I hear there was also a showing of the Chronicle segment at the event, which tied in very nicely into her presentation.
Concord | May 14th 3:00pm
Kitty and Enid were filmed at the Fowler Branch Library last week for a Chronicle segment called, “What’s New” that aired Tuesday, 5/20 at 7:30 p.m. on WCVB. Milda C. from the Fowler Branch, will also be featured receiving some returned seeds from John L. at the Circulation desk. Hope you got to catch the segment!
Worcester | May 8th 11:00am - 12:15pm
You Lend What??
Enid Boasberg & Kitty Smith presented in the, "You Lend What??" program at the MLA Conference, May 8th at the Worcester DCU Center at 11:45am. They joined forces with Kip Roberson from the Littleton Seed Library during their presentation. There were lively presentations from several area libraries on what they are lending ...not just books, but things like instruments and tools too!
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.
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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
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.
Want to learn more or have questions?
See this page to submit a question or suggestion or send email to email@example.com. Thank you!
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.