Seed swap |

Seed swap

Seed swap

Gardeners who want to learn more about growing locally and saving seeds can attend a seed swap this weekend on the San Juan Ridge.

The free event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the North Columbia Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Road. The gathering will feature five speakers, a seed swap and conclude with a potluck dinner.

“It’s a local food forum to raise some energy about eating locally and growing some food for ourselves,” said Ruby Turple, one of the events coordinators who grows flowers and vegetables at Honey Circle Farm.

Growing from saved seeds increases the chances of plant survival because varieties become more acclimated to a region, Turple said. It also helps gardeners preserve heirloom varieties from becoming lost to hybrids.

“It used to be, people ate many varieties of vegetables. Now we’re down to just a few. Having diverse varieties increases diversity in our diet,” Turple said.

For more information call Ruby at 478-1301.

– Laura Brown

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