Holywood Seed Savers Saturday
On Saturday 7th February the Local Food Group of Holywood Transition Town and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) will host a seed swap event in Camphill Café, Shore Road, Holywood.
It may be cold now, but things are hotting up in the
potting shed as gardeners tidy out last year’s old
seed collection in anticipation of the longer, lighter days ahead. Most of us don’t manage
to empty every pack of seeds or want to grow the same variety this year. Why
not save money and swap them in for a different packet?
Sacha Workman of the
Local Food Group – Holywood explained,
“As long as they are
valid for the 2015 growing season, swapped seeds can be vegetable or flower,
remainders from bought packets or saved from your own plants. You can also
bring seed potatoes, seedlings or plants to swap.
Everyone is welcome and
those new to gardening or with no seeds to swap will be in the right place.
This is a social event where gardeners will be more than happy to share advice
and you can get a few packets to get you started.”
As well as providing
buns for tea, Miriam Turley of FCFCG with the support of the Big Lottery Fund
has asked charity True Harvest Seeds to come along.
“Debbie Gillies and Mark
Bryson will be explaining how to store your seeds to prolong their viability
and will allow us to get up close and personal with some seeds under their
microscope," said Miriam.
Holywood joins the
blossoming national trend in local food growing and seed swap days. Local
people can keep updated by liking our face book pages or contacting Sacha
Workman, Local Food Group - Holywood Transition Town on 077 1058 5876 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Miriam Turley Federation
of City Farms and Community Gardens on 07725699422 or email@example.com