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Heirloom seed swap held this month

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Sierra Seeds and the Banner Grange are co-sponsoring a open-pollinated seed exchange from 1 to 4 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Grange facilities at 12629 McCourtney, Grass Valley.

Suzanne Ashworth of DelRio Botanical, and author of "Seed to Seed," will be the keynote speaker. Ashworth has donated the text of "Seed to Seed" to help support the work of the Seed Savers Exchange, a genetic preservation organization with 8,000 members who work together to maintain and distribute heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers and herbs.

Ashworth will share her extensive knowledge about hand pollination and the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning and storing seeds, so future generations may enjoy the same vegetable varieties their great-grandparents grew before GMO seeds were commonplace.

The seed swap provides an informal setting for farmers and gardeners to exchange products, ideas and information. Guests are encouraged to bring something to share or trade, but that is not required to attend the event. Heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds will be featured, but scion wood, divisions of perennials or bulbs would be welcome also. Food cultures like kombucha or kefir grains are another option.

Organic non-GMO food and snacks will be available from the Banner grange kitchen for a small donation. For more information, contact Rowen at 530-368-1350 or rowen@sierraseeds.org.

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