Hudson Valley Seed Library Happenings

posted April 30, 2009

The Hudson Valley Seed Library is rockin’ & rollin’ this Spring. Lots of events, tips & opportunities. Catch Ken Greene this weekend at the Brooklyn Food Conference – Greenhorns will be there too!

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Do you know any mothers? Maybe you have a mother, have friends who are mothers, or are a mother yourself? If so, then this sale is for you! Starting Tuesday, April 28th, and running through May 11th (the day after Mother’s Day for those of you who are better-late-than-never gift givers) we are having an online seed sale. The mother in your life is sure to enjoy packets of heirloom seeds–either in plain Garden Packs or in our artist-designed Art Packs. Nearly everything in our catalog can be direct sown around Mother’s Day, which is the traditional last frost date in our region. Show your Mom you care with a gift that is inspirational, useful, and beautiful.

Gifts for Seedy Moms

Monster Zinnia Our sale includes three items: Gift Memberships, which allow recipients to login to the website and choose ten free packs of seeds; Art Pack Sets, which come with all thirteen varieties of heirloom seeds packed in frame-able, craft-able, gift-able art work; and Bountiful Gift Memberships, which combine a Gift Membership and the Art Pack Set.

Gift Membership : was $20 now $15
Art Pack Set : was $42 now $37
Bountiful Gift Membership : $was 60 now $50

May Events

Brooklyn Food Conference: A whole day of food fun and consciousness. I’ll be speaking on a panel about seed security, seed saving, and GMOs. Saturday, May 2.

Eating Liberally event with Retrovore, Just Food and the Chelsea Green local food wheel plus a crash course in seed saving. Sunday May 3.

Seedling (and seed) Sale at Four Winds Farm. Amazing, organic, heirloom flower, veg and herb starts plus a table with our seeds. Saturday, May 16.

Wildflower Festival at Catskill Native Nursery. A great day of native landscape and food plants, talks, answers to garden questions, and tomatothon of seedlings grown with our seeds. I’ll be giving a talk called The Handmade Garden all about simple, frugal, and effective home gardening skills, practices, and tools. Saturday, May 23.

Garden Questions

Now that it’s farming season we’re out in the field instead of in on the computer. Doug and I are doing our best to keep the blog rolling and will be sending out monthly emails like this one with more events plus garden tips. We’ll also be updating the website with seed saving instructions for the varieties in this year’s catalog. One thing we are having trouble keeping up with, however, is answering individual gardening questions. If you have impending garden doom or are just looking for a quick answer there are two gardening groups we recommend. One is a Yahoo group called Only Heirlooms. Once you sign up (it’s free) you can post gardening questions and other members will post answers. We participate in this forum as well. The Seed Library also just joined mega-gardening site Dave’s Garden. The site has countless well attended forums and excellent resource pages. We are currently adding book reviews on this site. If you’re on Dave’s Garden check us out and give us a review! Thanks!

Other online places that we (in)frequent include Twitter and Facebook. Other than staying connected online, many folks have expressed interest in visiting the farm. We are planning a Seedy Farm tour later in the season. We’ll let you know when it’s set so you can save the date. Until then, keep up with what’s happening on the farm by reading our blog, Garden Notes for Seedy Folks, which includes photos, gardening tips, and seed saving demos.