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Annual Community Seed Swap includes classes, barter area

Jan 29th, 2019 | Category: News, Skills

BELLINGHAM – The annual Community Seed Swap will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street in Bellingham. Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Faire present this combined event, offering classes, dinner, barter and skillshare, seed swap and more.

Participants bringing seeds should have packages clearly labeled with crop type, variety name, and the timeframe they were collected. The seed swap and barter area will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. All welcome to bring homemade items to barter.

Classes include: “Seed Saving” with Celt Schira at 10:30 a.m.; “Eating for a Future” with Krista Rome at noon; “Wine from Found & Foraged Fruit” with Laura Sellens at noon;  “The Versitile Sunchoke” with Travis Linds at 12:50 p.m.; “Sauerkraut and Kimchee” with Suki Aufhauser at 12:50 p.m.; “The 5th Season-Preserving the Harvest” with Jennie GoForth at 1:40 p.m.;  “Edible Weeds” with Terri Wilde at 2:35 p.m.; “Asian Fast Pickles” with Les Ishimoto at 2:35 p.m. and “Imagine Permaculture: Resilient Whole System Design Strategies” with Brian Kerkvliet, Inspiration Farm, at 3:40 p.m. A chili dinner starts at 5 p.m. and is by donation. Tickets for the day’s event is $10/adult and free for children under 12. For more information, see www.cascadiaskillshare.org.

In other news, the second annual Whidbey Island Seed Swap will be Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2-5 p.m. at Clinton Community Hall, organized by Kathryn O’Brien of the Clinton Library and Joe Italiano. This swap will provide people an opportunity to get seeds from other local growers and share seeds from their own local harvest. Participants may bring labeled seeds, plants, cuttings, etc. to swap and share. Aaron Varadi of the Organic Farm School will be speaking and providing instruction on the basics of seed saving, followed by Q&A time. This event is in partnership with WSU Extension Master Gardeners, The Organic Farm School, South Whidbey Tilth and Slow Food Whidbey Island. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, see the Facebook event page.


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