Third annual seed exchange March 12 at Rockford Grange

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Evan Gregoire — and maybe his favorite heritage duck — will be at the Rockford Grange’s annual seed sharing event March 12.

The third annual Seed Share takes place at the Rockford Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive, on March 12 from 2-6 p.m. The Grange’s Seed Bank will have locally adapted and heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers available for free to all gardeners. There will also be a large amount of non-GMO seeds available from one of the big seed companies.

“This is an opportunity for folks to bring their extra seeds to share and, hopefully, take away something new and exciting to grow,” reads a press release. “All are welcome, with or without seeds.”

Ketrina Jerome from Grow Organic will give seed-starting demonstrations, and supplies will be available. The Master Gardeners will also be onsite to answer gardening questions.

This year, there will also be an opportunity to learn how to plan a garden for seed saving with Evan Gregoire of Portland Seedhouse, with a workshop from 4-5 p.m. He’ll cover topics such as isolation for purity, resiliency, selection and population size. A $5 donation is suggested for the workshop. Gregoire is committed to the preservation of heirloom plants and animals, and shares his knowledge wherever he can.

For more information, call 541-806-2344 or visit rockfordgrange.net or gorgegrown.com.



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