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Shur-Gain Feeds’N Needs sales associate, Tara Partridge organizes the display of seeds.
AMHERST – One little seed can make the difference in the way we live our lives.
The Amherst Community Garden, in partnership with the Cumberland Food Action Network will have their first annual Seed Share event, scheduled for Sunday, April 7, from1 to 4 p.m., at the YMCA in Amherst.
The event is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and to encourage the community to become self-sustainable.
Lisa Emery, Amherst Community Garden coordinator and one of the event organizers, is inviting all those who are interested in local food security.
“As an action we decided to hold this seed sharing event and hopefully we can do this continuously so that people understand it’s the time of year to be thinking about growing your own food,” Emery said.
This free event will include several activities planned for the day. The featured activity will be seed swapping, so people are asked to bring a few seeds with them, which they swap with other seed enthusiasts. Other activities included in the event will be a composting workshop, which will include worms, so people can learn the effects of worms on compost and informative displays, including a seed talk to discuss anything seed related. There will also be some fun events for the children as well.
The emphasis is on buying local and reducing one’s carbon footprint. It’s an important cause and people need to be informed of what’s going on around them, she said.
“It’s both educational and helpful for those who don’t understand food politics.”
One way of doing this is by joining a community-supported agriculture (CSA) group. A CSA is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution.
Education is key if society is expected to learn from past behaviour and these informative displays from local farmers will help get the message across.
“People need to learn how to take care of themselves, including growing their own foods. If they learn to grow their own food then they don’t sit back and wait for the government to do it for them,” she said.
Emery will also provide information about the community garden and anybody who’s interested in becoming a new gardener will be able to sign up.
“Community gardens are a great way to bring communities together, to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle,” she said.