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Very important article #COVID-19

Hillie Salo
 


Re: the seed saver, PBS Short Film Festival 2020, July 13 through July 24 #resilience #SeedSaving #Stories

Rebecca Newburn
 

Thank you so much for sharing this video about Kristyn. She's awesome! If you haven't watched it yet, treat yourself to 10 minutes of a beautiful film about an amazing seed saver!

Peas and justice,
Rebecca

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the seed saver, PBS Short Film Festival 2020, July 13 through July 24 #resilience #SeedSaving #Stories

Hillie Salo
 

PBS Short Film Festival 2020


All films are available for viewing online July 13 through July 24. PBS Website:https://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/2020-festival

the seed saver

https://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/films/the-seed-saver

About the Film

Explore the philosophy and appreciation of cooking and the art and science of growing food. In this standalone episode, we will follow our young agricultural innovator, Kristyn Leach , as she dives deep into the process of growing grains and explores her Korean heritage with other Korean American farmers. Along the way, Kristyn will help us discover the challenges young agriculturalists face and expand our idea of who is the modern American farmer.



Planting Times Guide #education #FoodAccess

Rebecca Newburn
 

There are a lot of new gardeners this year. Come through local resources, such as Master Gardeners' website, to find or create a local planting times guide. We made one for the San Francisco Bay Area. I decided to do it as a spreadsheet so that it could be sorted by English or Spanish or month. I started with a few guides, but then I asked.a friend who was a propagator for a local nursery for a couple of decades to look at it and she did some major revisions. Here's what our Planting Times Guide looks like. We post this on Nextdoor and on social media periodically so folks know what to grow now and maybe give them a video tip such as July is a great time to plant zucchini and then give them a video to watch on growing zucs vertically.

Also, I would encourage you to reach out to your local Master Gardeners and encourage them to offer some online classes for Absolute Beginner Gardeners. Here is the class we created and we are working with them now to see if we can get it approved as a MG class. Note, we don't have rights to the photos, but the content is open source. We've offered it 5 times and each time completely filled. For 100 slots, we provide 200 to 210 slots assuming that half won't show. I will also be sending the above request for Grow a Row Seed Steward to those people and get some beginner gardeners started on their seed journey! Yay!

Peas and justice,
Rebecca


Rebecca Newburn
 

Now is the time to be getting community members to volunteer to save seeds for next year. We have no idea what the availability of seed will be, but we can be certain that the need and desire to grow more food locally will continue to be high. A great way to get more locally-grown seed is to have a Grow a Row Seed Steward Program. Put out emails to people who you have on your email list, extend the invitation to Master Gardeners, permaculture guilds, garden clubs, and via social media, including Nextdoor, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Here is an example of a post on Nextdoor. We have a link to a Google form they can fill in. We also have a list of varieties of what we are asking people to grow out. People can say I'm willing to grow a pole bean or they can specify which pole bean they'd like to grow. You may also want to do some direct asks of friends and neighbors that you know are gardeners. Continue to put the request out on social media as posts are not seen by everyone. I also had some old basil seed and was hesitant to give it out as part of our grow out program so I started the plants and then people could ask for 4 or 6 of a particular variety and were asked to propagate by cutting to share with neighbors and friends and also increase their own basil and also save the seeds. It's also good to include a resource such as a video about how to save a particular crop so that folks have reliable information to start saving seeds if they haven't done s before. 

Here is the post from Nextdoor tonight:
Become a Grow a Row Seed Steward! We need lots of vegetable seeds to help build local resilience in our community. Join us and become a Grow a Row Seed Steward this year! (No previous seed saving experience required.) Commit to growing a row of some vegetable to seed or learn how to hand pollinate a squash you are already growing. Eat the squash, and share the seeds. We are specifically looking for vegetable seeds to be grown. So you can save seeds from something you already grow or we can provide seeds for you to grow out (and seed saving instructions). If you are able to help out, please fill in the form, https://forms.gle/na3EbfUPS34nUSyZ9, so we know what we will have in stock next season or next year.  We're also offering a free, online class on Seed Saving in a Time of Crisis - a How to Class on July 14. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-saving-in-a-time-of-crisis-a-how-to-class-tickets-109589410878.

I then have a bunch of brown bags and fill them with the seed requests and email people to pick them up and I also include our Super Easy seed saving brochure in the bag. I will follow up with an email with seed saving tips for all the crops and send it to the group to save time and inspire the others to save additional crops. Peas and justice, Rebecca Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library


#SeedSaving Tip video #SeedSaving

Rebecca Newburn
 

Hi Seedfolks,

I made a short little video on saving lettuce seeds. I want to share out short little videos to get community members to start saving seed. So besides posting to our website, I'm going to post on Nextdoor and also include a Google Form asking people if they are willing to save seeds for the seed library (name, email, phone, does # accept texts, check box of what type of seeds folks are willing to save). Here is the video. Please like and share so that it gets out to more people.

Peas and justice,
Rebecca


Re: SEED SAVING DEMONSTRATION GARDEN #education #Other

Hillie Salo
 

oops, actually 26 X 26 = 676 sq ft


SEED SAVING DEMONSTRATION GARDEN #education #Other

Hillie Salo
 

hello,

 

i now have access to 26 sq ft for a seed saving demo garden at the Master Gardener Demonstration garden at Martial cottle agricultural park in san jose,ca

 

looking for thoughts and ideas, especially from established seed saving demo gardens, maybe there are such things.

i hope to create a garden where folks can see seed saving in action as well as generate seed for the community.

 

this late date, i am looking at using all the bean seeds i have. but want to generate a rotation plan.

 

i think initially focus on beans and lettuce, maybe peas.

thanks
hillie


Seed Library Video from Michigan #Other #seeds

barattaj@...
 

Hello, all! I put together a video for our library's FaceBook page on seed libraries and thought you might enjoy seeing it!

https://www.facebook.com/BranchDistrictLibrary/videos/2848888631886914/UzpfSTEwMDAzMDc0NjQ3ODEyNjozMDU1MDIzMDcxNTEzMTY/

Thanks!! Julie


Re: Hello #GettingSeeds

Rebecca Newburn
 

Congratulations on the opening! Next year it may be harder for seed libraries to get donations as many seed companies were selling out and there will continue to be a huge demand for buying seeds.

I think it is worthwhile for seed libraries to ensure that we will have enough seed for next year. Here are a few ideas put out calls to community members through listservs (ex. Nextdoor, garden clubs, permaculture guilds, sustainability groups), newsletters, and social media asking people to:
1. commit to growing something out to seed that they are currently growing, ex. cilantro, lettuce, nasturtiums, beans - include instructions on seed saving in the email. I created a Google Form so that people fill that in and I have it all in one place and have a sense of what seed we'll be getting at the end of the season.
2. Grow a Row Seed Steward Program - Ask for people to grow some things that you have in your collection. Check out resources on SeedLibraries.net for more specifics.
3. One Seed, One Community Program - get a bunch of people to sign up to grow one type of seed and build community and a large supply of a particular seed - beans tend to be the best for this program. Check out resources on SeedLibraries.net for more specifics. 

Peas and justice,
Rebecca

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Re: Hello #GettingSeeds

aprince@...
 

We just got our library up this past February. I mailed letters to seed companies telling them about our community and what we were starting and asked for donations. I received more than enough seeds to get started and then some!!


Seed Library Chat tomorrow July 2nd Little Free Seed Libraries #COVID-19

SeedLibraries.net
 

Join us tomorrow (Thursday) for a Seed Chat about seed libraries, 4-5 PM PST. See images of some of the 12 Little Free Seed Libraries open in Richmond, California.

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We've opened 12 Little Free Seed Libraries. Most of them are cardboard boxes. 


#OneSeedOneCommunity summer newsletter #OneSeedOneCommunity

Hillie Salo
 

hello,

here is a summer newsletter offering for 1seed1community, a open sourced community initiative 


 hillie 





Disaster Response: Gardening Resources #seeds #COVID-19 #class

SeedLibraries.net
 

Dear Seedfolks,

I hope this email finds you well.  I think a big part of helping our community get through this pandemic is going to be access to healthy food. Many people have lost their jobs or are underemployed. Additionally, going to the grocery store has risks associated with it. Besides doing seed work, I am a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Trainer. Here are some highlights from the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library's newsletter that we put out last night and a link to it:
 
Seed library newsletter: Last night we sent out an issue of Lettuce Unite!, the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library's newsletter. You're welcome to subscribe even though much of the content will be site specific.
 
Growing seed for the community: One thing we discussed in the newsletter was the Grow a Row Seed Steward Program where community members commit to growing a row of some crop all the way to seed for the community. We have no idea how accessible seeds or money to purchase seeds will be next year, but the need to grow food and the need for seeds will still be high.  Also, we posted a Planting TImes guide. Having a planting times guide available to your community is a super helpful resource. 
 
Garden mentors: In disaster preparedness, we often talk about different teams that will help our community respond: communications, medical, damage assessment, & search and rescue. In the current crisis, having people support each other with growing food is going to be essential. We are encouraging people to organize your block to identify who are your experienced gardeners and asking them if they would be willing to answer questions and perhaps even do virtual consultations for newer gardeners. 
 
Class: We're offering the seed saving class again. I just created this session and we had 50 people sign up in the first 24 hours. I'll probably add another class in the next couple of days to help accommodate the need. 
Seed Saving in. a Time of Crisis - a How to Class
Tuesday, July 14 3:30-5:30 PM
Free, online
 
Do you rely on getting seeds or starts from a nursery? This year there was a rush on seeds and many people struggled to get seeds. Create a more resilient garden by making seed saving part of your practice. How can we save seeds to be more resilient in crisis from pandemics to climate change?
 
You will receive login information a few days before the class as well as a few minutes before the class. 
 
Peas and justice,
Rebecca


Re: Hello #GettingSeeds

Mary Walsh
 

Hi, 
Our seed library is in an academic library in a small, rural community with a unique growing climate (high alpine desert). We hold an annual "Community Seed Exchange" on National Seed Swap Day (last Saturday in January). In the five years we've been doing this, attendance is continually increasing. During the exchange, I network with the gardeners and ask for seed donations. So, this is how we get our seeds. It helps that there are a couple of community orgs that help support this work... a community greenhouse and a local foods coalition that has a gardening initiative. Hope this helps!
- Mary

On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 10:57 AM <jandjhomesteadcottage@...> wrote:
Hello All, I am wondering how you go about getting seeds for your Libraries? 



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Re: Hello #GettingSeeds

deplib@...
 

We have a Seed Selection day where patrons come in and go through the various seed catalogs and pick out what they would like to see available for check out at the Seed Library. I then look at what they want, order what I  am short on. All of our ordered seeds are heirloom or organic, so I use seed companies that have those items.Patrons returning seeds makes up about 30% of our seeds.


jandjhomesteadcottage@...
 

Hello All, I am wondering how you go about getting seeds for your Libraries? 


Third Thursday Seed Classes & Conversations #classes

Rebecca Newburn
 

Dear Seedbrarians,

We would like your input about the third Thursday classes. Each third Thursday we'd like to have a more focused conversation or class. Please fill in this short survey (1-2 minutes) to tell us what topics you'd like to learn more about or share your ideas.

Peas and justice,
Rebecca


Seed Saving in a Time of Crisis - a How To Class #Calendar

Rebecca Newburn
 

Seed Saving in a Time of Crisis - a How to Class

This Thursday, 6-8 PM PST

Free, online 

Register here.


We're offering Seed Saving in a Time of Climate Crisis - a How to Class from 6-8 PM PST on Zoom. It's free. If you are interested register soon as it's already full but I always oversell assuming people don't show. (This is in lieu of creating a waitlist.)  Zoom log in info will be sent an hour before the class. It's not going to be recorded. Sorry. 

Peas and justice,
Rebecca
Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library


Community Meeting - Thursday, 6/4/20, 6-7 pm PT #communitymeeting

Sandjar
 

Hi folks,
 
The first Thursday of the month the seed library community has an open conversation, last night I was really thinking that we need to help communities now figure out how to put together a grow out program since many seed libraries rely on seed company donations and with the rush on seed there is likely to be a sharp decline in seed donations. Additionally, many libraries have said getting seed returns has been low so having a grow out program would support this too. Years ago I put together resources for a grow out program that are posted on SeedLibraries.net. I hope I have time before the meeting on Thursday to look over them. However, I encourage you to look at what you have done in terms of engaging community members in growing a diversity of seed and also look over those resources to see if you have ways to supplement or improve those resources. 
 
The One Seed, One Community is a great program for engaging folks in growing seeds, but the focus of this conversation is on providing a diversity of seed for our community for next year. So think of strategies, community partners, etc. that might support the building of a diverse seed shed.
 
Here is the log in info for the meeting:

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Peas,
Rebecca