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Annual Seed and Scion Swap

 

Annual Seed and Scion Swap

 

edited seed saver photo

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2-5 p.m.

The speaker will present at the Decatur Library,  215 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

The seed swap will take place at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA

The Decatur Library and the Decatur Recreation Center are located adjacent to one another.

This event is free and open to all gardeners – whether you are a member of a community garden, or tend vegetables and fruit in your own yard.

 

Join us in January to share your seeds/scions, your knowledge, and your enthusiasm for different plant varieties with other gardeners and farmers. Connect with folks who might be your neighbors, or who might be from anywhere in our bioregion. We’ll be swapping all types of seeds and cuttings for fruit trees (scions), including heirloom seeds, seeds you save from your own plants, and extra seeds you may have purchased. There will be people on hand to answer question about how to save seed and how to graft your cuttings.

We encourage all participants to RSVP HERE

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Event is brought to you by:

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A big thank you to Decatur Active Living and the DeKalb County Public Library for allowing us to use your facilities.

 

January 22, 2017

Schedule

2 p.m.

-Check-in (Check-in will be at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030 )

- Drop off seeds, books, live plants for exchange at the Decatur Recreation Center.  Please note that this time is for drop-off only. The seed/scion exchange starts officially at 2:30 p.m. to ensure that everyone has a chance to browse the selection. Thank you!

2:15 p.m.

-Announcements, Introduce the Keynote Speaker - Decatur Library

2:30-3:30 p.m.

- Speaker presents at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

3:30-5 p.m.

-Seed and Scion Exchange is open at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030.

Please note that the Seed and Scion Exchange will not be open during the keynote speaker’s presentation. 

The Decatur Library is located adjacent to the Decatur Recreation Center.

RSVP HERE

Featured Keynote Speaker: Tor Janson
Seed Savers Exchange

Saving Collard Seed: The Essential Act in Food Heritage
This talk will discuss the Collards Project and provide a training workshop on all aspects of saving collard seeds, from growing collards, to seed harvest and cleaning, to seed storage and seed-sharing. Attendees will receive collard seeds to take home and can sign up to participate in The Collards Project.

The title of this talk is the same as Chapter 6 in the book Collards: A Southern Tradition from Seed to Table by Edward Davis and John Morgan. These authors traveled throughout the South in the 2000s documenting heirloom collard stewardship–people who grow unique collard varieties handed down in families and communities over several generations. These collard stewards are amazingly diverse in every way except one: age. In all their travels, the authors only met one seed steward younger than 65 years old. In an article they published in 2007, Davis and Morgan predicted that unless trends changed, the Southern tradition of heirloom collard seed stewardship would be extinct within 20 years.

In response, Seed Savers Exchange and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange are launching The Collards Project, an effort to renew the endangered cultural tradition of collard seed saving. We are inspiring the next generation of heirloom collard seed stewards, and working to save the diverse, rare heirloom collard varieties that have always been sustained by people who grow and save their own seed.

 

Seed Swap Instructions

SEE PICTURE AS AN EXAMPLE

We will have tables for the following categories: Tomatoes, Summer veggies, Flowers, Herbs, Winter Veggies, Bulbs, Miscellaneous 

1.     Divide your seeds into small envelopes. Aim for about 10-20 seeds per envelope, or an appropriate amount for the specific seed variety.  (Some envelopes will be provided)

2.     Label each envelope with as much information about the seeds as you can. Here’s what to include:

a.     Type of seed (required)!  Common name and botanical name

b.    Cultivar (if known)  example:  Black Zebra Tomato

c.     Date seeds were purchased or saved (should be no more than two years old)

d.    Any other information you can include from the original seed packet, or information you have based on experience with these particular seeds. It’s ok if you don’t have every detail, but share what you know. Here is some information that will be helpful, if you can provide it:

i.    Planting instructions

ii.    Days to maturity

iii.    Growth habits

iv.    Special details about flavor, color, productivity, etc.

e.     Your name and/or contact information – folks will want to know who they can thank for the seeds!

seed packet sample

 

Scion Swap Instructions

Scion Swap Instructions
We will be swapping scions and cuttings of any and all fruit-bearing species!  Scions refer to sticks that will be grafted onto another tree, while cuttings refer to sticks that will be encouraged to root in peat moss or other growing medium.
 
Scions and cuttings from apples, pears, pomegranates, figs, jujubes, persimmons, cherries, plums, and grapes have all been exchanged in the past.  
 
We will be exchanging dormant wood, which is wood which is not actively growing due to winter.  January is a good time to collect dormant wood in the Atlanta area.
 
1.  Select sticks from healthy, virus-free plants. Limit wood to one-year-old wood. Wood should be straight and have a lot of vegetative buds (narrow buds).
2.  Wood should be between 0.25 and 0.75 inches in diameter, roughly the size of a pencil.  Try to get a straight branch at least 12 inches in length.
3.  Place the cuttings from one variety in a plastic bag (Ziplocks work well) and label it by variety.  (For example, William’s Pride Apple, or Brown Turkey Fig).  Labeling is very important, and it’s easy to get mixed up among varieties, so be careful!
4.  Put in a lightly moistened paper towel or some damp wood shavings.  If it’s too wet inside the bag the cuttings may mold.
5.  Place plastic bag in refrigerator.  Avoid placing it in a drawer with ripening fruit as the fruit emits ethylene which may cause the scion to break dormancy.
6.  When you go to the Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, bring along some masking tape and writing utensil (Sharpies are good) to mark scions that you get.  Bring along some extra plastic bags as well to store your wood in.

 

Annual Seed and Scion Swap Call for Vendors!

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur GA
We are expecting more than 100 attendees interested in gardening-and what you have to offer them! We are excited about this year’s program and hope that you will be able to join us as a vendor for this event.

Keynote Speaker: Tor Janson

Vendor Fee: $30

Event Schedule:

12-2 p.m.* -Vendor Set-up (6’ table provided)

2 p.m.- Check-in and Registration

2:30-3:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker (at Decatur Library next door)

3:30-5 pm- Seed and Scion Exchange and Vendor Exhibits

*If you would like to listen to the keynote speaker, please have your table set up by 2 p.m. The vendor area will be supervised during your absence by volunteers.

Register Here

Questions?
Contact Betty Hanacek (404) 546-6852; betty@parkpride.org

Directions and Parking

City of Decatur Parking Map

Decatur Public Library

Decatur Recreation Center

Parking

Limited, free parking is available at the Decatur Library. Additional parking is available nearby in various lots and in metered spaces on the street. Metered spaces are free after 6:00 pm. The Manuel Maloof parking lot and the DeKalb County/Courthouse deck are free after 5:00 p.m.

City of Decatur Parking Map

Do you have saved seed you want to personally hand out to the attendees? Reserve your 1/2 table today where you can personally hand out your saved seed.  No fee.

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