Fourth annual ‘Seed Share’ comes March 18

Rockford Grange's fourth annual Seed Share is on Saturday, March 18 from 2-5 p.m., co-sponsored by Gorge Grown Food Network. It's an opportunity to get together with fellow gardeners and farmers to find and share seeds (all free of charge) from many sources, including the Rockford Grange Seed Bank, which has been maintaining a collection of heirloom bean varieties that are ideally suited to local growing conditions. Also available will be a wide selection of heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seeds donated by Seed Savers Exchange, Portland Seedhouse and local seed savers.

The focus of this year's Seed Share is to educate and encourage local gardeners to start saving their own seed. Practiced by farmers and gardeners for thousands of years, seed saving strengthens food security at the community level, empowering people to reclaim control over their food supply. Students walk away from this learning experience with the knowledge and inspiration to start their own seed collection. Evan Gregoire, curator of the Portland Seedhouse, will return this season to teach a seed saving workshop, starting at 3.30 p.m.

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