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January 29, 2019
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SPECIAL SEED SWAP EDITION!
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Farewell 2018 and Welcome 2019! A new year to offer hope and renewal. So much has happened since our last newsletter and PermaBlitz in October...

Our hearts reach out to everyone affected by the Camp Fire. Because of this tragedy we are gearing up our programs for the year to help people design their dreams and aspirations. We'll let you know all the details as we work through the logistics. Be sure to stay tuned to us on social media!

The first way we are offering assistance is through the
10th Annual Seed Swap this coming Saturday, February 2nd, at the Trinity Church in downtown Chico. We are providing early entrance for Camp Fire gardeners at 11:30am, a 'Garden Space Connection' area and loads of seed to replenish and renew! Read on to learn more about the 10th Annual Seed Swap in this special edition of our newsletter.
In this Issue

10th ANNUAL SEED SWAP!!

How the Seed Swap Works

Home Grown Seed Share

Garden Space Connections

ARTICLE: Starting Seeds Indoors

Past Newsletters

How to get Involved!

Support our Growth

 
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The 10th Annual Seed Swap on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 12-3pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church (285 E 5th St) in downtown Chico. This annual community exchange of seed is a potluck style event from 12pm to 3pm and is the 10th year celebrating seed, seed saving, and the joy of gardening.

The Seed Swap is a FREE event and includes the exchange of seed as well as plants, trees and scion wood. There will be vendors with food, seed and plants for sale in addition to local non-profits providing gardening and related information.

For 10 years now Chico’s Annual Seed Swap events have been a great way to bring our community together to share seed, garden ideas, and farming information. The Seed Swap is always free and a fun way to celebrate the approaching gardening season for all members of our community.

 
10th Annual Seed Swap!
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How the Seed Swap Works

The seed exchange itself functions in the same manner as a community potluck: there will be more than 8 tables for seed each labeled with a different type, such as vegetables, flowers, native plants, herbs and more. Participants place their clearly labeled bulk or packaged seed on the appropriate table then continue around to the other tables to gather seed that others have brought.

Often whole packets of seed are left on the tables, but opening them and taking only what you need and sharing the rest is in the nature of the Seed Swap.

Providing seed or plants to share is not required but bringing your own pen and envelopes or other containers to store your new bounty is a real help to everyone.
 
In addition to the traditional exchange of seed, participants also exchange bulbs, root divisions, whole plants, and scion wood. Scion wood at this swap is typically well labeled cuttings of fruit trees kept moist in bags that can be exchanged with others and used to graft onto an existing fruit tree or rootstock to expand your range of varieties.
home grown seed share
 
In light of the Camp Fire we are providing early access to the Seed Swap, at 11:30am, to those affected by the fire. Many have lost so much and the seed librarians with the Chico Seed Lending Library and members of Earthshed Solutions want to help give something back. There have been many seed donations from businesses and garden groups from across the state and country to help ensure there is plenty of seed to contribute. Please come and replenish some of your seed stock and rekindle your love of growing food and gardening.

The Home Grown Seed Share’ is also still happening! Early entrance at 11:30am is also for people who have seed grown in their own gardens, to share face to face with other seed savers. One of the missions of the Chico Seed Lending Library is to advocate for locally adapted seed and we want to support people doing this important work. Just bring your well-labeled home grown seed to share at 11:30am and enjoy some extra time to swap seeds and seed stories with other community seed savers.
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'Garden Space Connections'
 
The 10th Annual Seed Swap will also have a ‘Garden Space Connections’ area to help connect people who cannot utilize their own gardens this coming season with those who have garden space to share.

Folks who are willing to share or offer up their garden space can post their information on a board and those who are looking for space post their information on the other side of the board. This way connections can be made at the Seed Swap and EVERYONE can get their GARDEN ON!
THANK YOU SEED SWAP SPONSORS!
2019 seed swap sponsors
STARTING SEEDS INDOORS
Starting seed indoors

This article is by Hillie Salo via the Seed Libraries Newsletter, Cool Beans!

Why not reap the benefits of starting seeds indoors? Perhaps you want an earlier harvest or need to extend the growing season. You can also produce larger and stronger seedlings that are less susceptible to insect attacks. Plus, it’s easier to monitor seedlings inside in pots than outside in the ground.
 
Caution: Remember that some plants, such as beans and peas, have a delicate root system and like to start and finish in the same spot. They prefer to be directly seeded, or planted in the garden, not transplanted. Other seeds, such tomatoes peppers, and eggplants, need a head start. See the table for more plants and their preferences. You can also check the seed package for which method the plant prefers.
 
Get seeds from friends, neighbors, seed libraries & seed swaps or companies that sign the Safe Seed Pledge.
 
Timing
Don’t start seeds too early or the seedlings will become tall and spindly, or leggy. Use the six-week rule: Count backwards from the last frost date in the spring or the first frost date in fall.  However, depending on the crop, starting time may be earlier or later than six weeks. For example, warm season vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers need night time temperatures of at least 55 degrees or the seedlings’ growth will be very slow. Johnny’s Selected Seeds has a great seed starting calculator.

Continue the article on CSLL Blog
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Past Newsletters & Feature Articles
2018 Newsletters
April Newsletter 🌺
    -Permaculture Tips: Drought Tolerant Gardens
March Newsletter 🍀
    -Permaculture Tips: Building Soil Health
February Newsletter
    -Permaculture Tips: Seed Starting
January Newsletter
    -Permaculture Tips: Seed Saving Garden
Earthshed Solutions' Newsletter is issued 8-9 times per year
with June, July and December off.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH US!
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We have many opportunities for our community to get involved!

Interested in seed saving? Join the Chico Seed Lending Library's 'Lettuce Get Together' work parties.
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If you want to learn about permaculture or obtain regenerative living skills attend a CPG Gathering, PermaBlitz, Hands-On-Workshop or other courses we may be offering.

Volunteer with us at our events, like the Annual Seed Swap or help at one of our outreach booths such as at the Endangered Species Faire.
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Earthshed Solutions is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the communities living in the bio-region of Butte County, California. We are primarily an education organization helping our community grow in abundance and resilience in our ever changing climate. Earthshed Solutions’ mission is to promote ethical decision making and responsible stewardship of Earth’s resources. We teach and empower people through our programs and projects to design regenerative systems for food production, soil fertility, energy efficiency and water conservation.
 
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