Seed Partners Wanted!
The Fairfield Teaching Garden Presents
Saving Open-Pollinated and Heirloom Organic Seed Workshop
with Eric Frisk
at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library
1147 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, CT
March 15 at 1:00 pm
This Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 1:00pm Eric Frisk of the Fairfield Teaching Garden will present a workshop on “Saving Open-Pollinated and Heirloom Organic Seed” at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library.
In 2011 the Fairfield Woods Branch Library’s Seed to Seed Library became the first public seed library in New England. The seeds are offered free to anyone and although the library asked that some plants grown be allowed to go to seed and returned to the library, this is not a requirement to receive seed from the library. While many individuals did return seed, in order to achieve a more self-sustaining seed library, the library partnered with the Fairfield Teaching Garden at Fairfield’s Drew Park Community Garden in 2012 to increase the variety and amount of available seed. Volunteers from the community, Greenfield Hill Grange and special needs gardeners from Ability Beyond tended the plants selected for seed production from planting until harvest. Hill Farm Preschool at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church also became a Seed Partner and grew tomatillos in their school garden. Seed envelops were decorated with colorful drawing by each group from the 2013 seeds collected and have been placed in the library’s cabinet for the 2014 growing season.
In 2014 the library would like to increase their Seed Partner Network and “Saving Open-pollinate and Heirloom Organic Seed” is open to anyone that wants to learn about saving seeds for themselves and/or the Seed to Seed Library. Additionally, a Seed Library is being started at the Fairfield County Agricultural Extension Office in Bethel and seed will be grown there in the Vegetable Demonstration Garden. Seed from the Fairfield Teaching Garden, Extension Office Vegetable Garden and other Seed Partners, that wish to participate, will be exchanged to provide greater variety at each library.
It is hoped that Seed Partner Network sites will include senior centers, public and private school gardens, as well as individual gardeners. If you are interested in becoming a Seed Partner and are unable to attend Saturday, please contact Eric Frisk by email at efrisk at optonline dot net and you will included in future planning and events. If the Seed Partner Network grows as expected, volunteers will possibly be needed to assist in tending school gardens in the summer and separating and packaging seed at the end of the season, so your assistance can be used other.
The Fairfield Community Teaching Garden at Drew Park is located at 196 Warde Terrace directly across from Parish Court Housing Complex.