Second annual seed swap held

Jamie Heap
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Composting with worms, seed saving presentation highlight free event

AMHERST-While it may not look or feel much like Spring  outside, the second annual Seed Swap held Saturday at the Four Fathers Library offered a glimpse into what the future may hold for experienced and novice organic gardeners alike.

One of the highlights of the free event was Del Seto’s (Side-By-Each Farm) Composting with Worms presentation that offered insight into worm composting.

“Worms can be used in the house and in gardens,” said Del Seto. “You need newspapers for bedding and a tote with some holes in it for the worms to breathe. Worms like the dark, so it should be stored in a dark place at room temperature.”

According to Del Seto, once a worm colony has been placed inside the tote, such compostable items as coffee grinds, tea bags, fruit peelings, unbuttered/unjammed bread and egg shells can be used by worms as food from which to extract nutrients.

“The smaller the food is the better,” said Del Seto. “If it starts to smell, add more bedding. If you eat a lot of vegetables, then you will need a lot of worms. You will want to see worms of all sizes in your bin—it shows the healthiness of your bin.”

In addition to Del Seto, Amherst Community Garden Coordinator Lisa Emery and Jamie and Trisha Lake of GoodLake Farm (Southampton) were on hand to educate people about community gardens and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs).

“CSAs are available from Side-By-Each Farm and in River Hebert,” said Emery. “Amherst, River Hebert, Joggins, Springhill and Parrsboro have community gardens. Amherst’s first community garden (East Pleasant St.) is in its sixth year.”

Community Supported Agriculture boxes are also available from GoodLake Farm.

“I priced the items in our CSAs at big box stores and the food there costs $35.00 (per week),” claimed Trisha Lake. “The food in our boxes only costs $20.00.”

GoodLake Farm also offers grass fed highland beef and free range chickens/eggs.

 “I happy with the turn out,” said Cumberland County Community Food Coordinator Su Morin of the Ecology Action Centre. “I think that the message of conserving local seeds is really important for the future of our food because we’ve become so reliant on other food sources. The ability to grow local is a skill that shouldn’t be lost. Hopefully, when people are considering buying their seeds, they will consider buying local because they are better adapted to our climate than seeds originating from Europe. Therefore, local seeds offer a better chance of surviving.”

The event was sponsored by CFAN with the support of the Ecology Action Centre, the Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seeds Security and Seeds Diversity of Canada.

For more information, visit (GoodLake Farm); visit Broadfork Farm on Facebook at ; email (Side-By-Each-Farm) or email Su Morin (Ecology Action Centre) at






Organizations: GoodLake Farm, Ecology Action Centre, Community Supported Agriculture Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seeds Security

Geographic location: Amherst Community, River Hebert, Cumberland County Community Europe Canada

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