Saving seeds while composting with worms

Jamie Heap
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Second annual Seed Swap slated for Saturday, March 1

Do you want to grow crops like the ones that Side-by-Each Farm’s Steve Micklewright sold this past July at the second Amherst Artisans market? If so, then stop by the Seed Swap at the Four Fathers Library in Amherst on March 1 to learn about composting with worms and how to saves seeds. People who attend will also be able to buy and trade their seeds. 

AMHERST-Ever want to learn how to save seeds or compost with worms? If so, then the second annual Cumberland Food Action Network Seed Swap is for you.

“The Cumberland Food Action Network held its first seed swap at the Amherst YMCA in 2013,” stated Del Seto of Side-by-Each Farm. “Our network plans to hold an event in early spring that encourages growing food and being a part of community that is taking action to better our food security. This year, we are offering information workshops about seed saving, about how and where to order seeds and planning tips for those wishing to start saving their own seeds.”

At 11:30 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Four Fathers Memorial Library in Amherst, there will be a workshop on composting with worms. The seed saving workshop Del Seto refers to will be from 1:00 to 1:30 pm.

In addition to such children’s activities as face painting and planting seeds, community garden information and sign-up details will also be provided, as will opportunities to buy and trade seeds that have been bought or saved from gardens.

“We're looking forward to the seed swap this year,” said Shannon Jones of Broadfork Farm in River Hebert. “Last year, we were able to get some seeds that we weren't able to find through the seed companies we normally buy from, so that was exciting. We're hoping that more kids come out this year. We'll be planting seeds with kids to take home and care for themselves, which I think is special.”

“Spring is on its way, soon so please stop by the library to be a part of the seed swap, which is free of charge” said Del Seto. “Come with your family to meet some of Cumberland County's local farmers. See what's so great about seeds, meet a box full of hard working composting worms and enter to win a door prize.”

Geographic location: River Hebert, Cumberland County

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