Co-sponsored by Berry College’s Environmental Studies Program, Action Ministries Rome, Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful, and the Rome Federated Garden Clubs, Inc., the Rome Floyd County Library will host the Inaugural Floyd County Seed Swap on April 5, 2014. We invite you to bring some open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds, bulbs, plants, seedlings, cuttings, starts, and stories to swap with other seed savers, gardeners and farmers. If you have no seeds to swap but want to get started, come along to mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help. We conserve the heritage of the Ridge and Valley province and Floyd County as we share good stories, beautify our yards, feed our friends and family, and of course, trade seeds and plants.
WHAT: Inaugural Floyd County Seed Swap 2014
WHEN: April 5, 2014, 12-3 [12-1 lecture and discussion on seed-saving, 1-3 Seed Swap]
WHERE: Rome Floyd County Library, Rome, GA
WHO: Berry College’s Environmental Studies Program, Action Ministries Rome, Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful, the Rome Federated Garden Clubs, Inc., the Rome Floyd County Library and any interested farmers and gardeners
WHY: Farmers and gardeners have a legacy of heirloom seeds and plants that are in danger of being lost, and sharing of seeds and plants will encourage production of diverse varieties for posterity, food security, beauty, and sustainable landscape management.
HOW IT WORKS: Anyone can bring seeds or plants to swap or share. If you do not have seeds or plants, you could bring envelopes or garden implements or stories, anything to share or trade with other gardeners.
Got Whippoorwills? Razorbacks? Red Rippers? Pencil Cob? Hickory King? Creasebacks? Turkey Craws? Want some? Come to the Inaugural Floyd County Seed Swap
Berry College’s Environmental Studies program will establish a master collection of endangered seeds and related cultural and agronomic information, and distributes such seeds at annual Seed Swaps. Berry College students and professors document the seeds, grow them out in campus gardens to distribute the next season, and catalogue them in a database of local varieties. If you have family heirlooms that you would like to donate or have documented, or for more information, please contact Dr. Brian Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to visit a Facebook page Seed Swap Documentary a documentary film described as using the “development of a seed exchange and agricultural biodiversity conservation project in the Ozark Mountains as an ethnographic lens to explore the seed saving subculture of the region.”