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February 13, 2018
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We hope you had a chance to make it to the 9th Annual Seed Swap! It was a huge success with over 400 people attending! Check out the time lapse video we've posted to YouTube!

Our Permaculture Tip this month is all about seed starting so you can get all those new seeds going for a bountiful garden!
 
Read on to learn about our upcoming events like the Chico Permaculture Guild Gathering this coming Sunday, February 18th, the next 'Lettuce Get Together' seed packing work party Tuesday, February 20th with the Chico Seed Lending Library and the This Way to Sustainability Conference presentation on March 15th.



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In this Issue

9th Annual Seed Swap Success & Gratitude!

Chico Permaculture Guild Gathering 2/18/2018

PermaBlitz #3 April 14th, 2018!

Seed Balls: a fundraising project

This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII

CSLL 'Lettuce Get Together'

Permaculture Tips: Seed Starting

How to get Involved!

Support our Growth

 
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9th Annual Seed Swap
9th Annual Seed Swap February 3, 2018
9th Annual Seed Swap
Success & Gratitude!

Earthshed Solutions' partnership program, the Chico Seed Lending Library, hosted the 9th Annual Seed Swap Saturday, February 3rd and it was a raging success with over 400 community folk swapping seed, plants, scion and stories!! We are grateful to so many for making this event possible.

If you have photos of your trip to 9th Annual Seed Swap you can add them to the CSLL Facebook Photo Album.
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We want to thank the Seed Swap Sponsors who generously donated their time and effort. Check out these wonderful businesses and support them in the future! Trinity United Methodist Church, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative (the food was delicious!), Redwood Seeds and Sustainable Seed Co.
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Huge thanks to the Seed Swap SEED Donors who donated a multitude of seed for participants to take home for their gardens for free. Please support these seed companies! Adaptive Seed, Renee's Garden, Peaceful Valley Garden Supply, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed, American Meadows, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
SS FundDonors

We are super grateful to the local businesses who donated items for the 'Garden O'Delight' Gift Basket Fundraiser: Magnolia Gift & Garden, Hodges Nursery, The Plant Barn, Floral Native Nursery, Grub Grown Nursery, Fanno Saw Works, The Bookstore, Butte County Good Food Network and more!

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We have an outpouring of THANKS to the many volunteers who went above and beyond to ensure the success of the seed swap. We could not have done this event without their help and support!
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Time lapse video of the 9th Annual Seed Swap!
ER front page 2-4-2018

9th Annual Seed Swap made the front page on Sunday, February 4th! Thank you Leila Rodriguez and Carin Dorghalli with the Enterprise Record for such a great article!

"Another element to the gathering was the home-grown seed share meeting where the history behind seeds that can date back generations was expressed. Many gave insight into how they grew them, origins of the seeds and recipes. It was a way for people to directly narrate the story of the plant-life treasures they have been saving with others who can appreciate their efforts. "

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Chico Permaculture Guild Gatherings

Sunday, February 18th, 'Permaculture Foundation'

We will focus on the foundation of permaculture as it pertains to PermaBlitz #3! The ethics, principles and more will be discussed in an open forum setting so bring your questions, comments and inquisitive mind!

CPG Gatherings are held on Sundays in the meeting room of the Chico Branch Library (1108 Sherman Ave. in Chico) and run from 10am to 1pm. Every Gathering is a Potluck and a ‘Share the Surplus’ swap, is always FREE and open to the public.


Next up: March 18th 'Permaculture Design Process'
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seed balls

Seed balls are one of our fundraising Projects. They are a quick and ingenious way of promoting plant life without having to do a ton of work.

A seed ball is a mixture of clay, seeds, compost and water that is hand-rolled into a ball, allowed to dry then thrown into gardens, roadsides and vacant lots. One seed ball can cover about 1 square foot and will re-seed year after year. We use CA native wildflower, pollinator and grass seed to ensure non invasive species.

Our seed balls are currently for sale at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, Floral Native Nursery, Hodges Nursery, and Magnolia Gift and Garden.
Learn More at our Website
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PermaBlitz #3

Saturday,  April 14th from 10am to 4pm!

We're preparing for our third PermaBlitz this April! Look for the RSVP page coming next month! Until then make sure to attend the Pre-PermaBlitz CPG Gatherings in February and March!

PermaBlitzes are about helping our neighborhoods become more edible and resilient one yard at a time by harnessing and building the power of community. PermaBlitzes are FREE events where you meet new people, learn new skills, share delicious food prepared by the Host, get some exercise and -most of all- have fun.

Do you want to Host a PermaBlitz at your home? Learn more at our website.
More PermaBlitz Details
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Earthshed Solutions is proud to be presenting at the This Way To Sustainability Conference this year in partnership with the California Native Plant Society via the Environmental Coalition of Butte County.

Our Topic & Date:
Sustainability for Survival: Part I. Uses of Water and Earth

Thursday, March 16 at 9am on CSUC Campus Bell Memorial Union (BMU) room 203
Register to Attend
The Environmental Coalition Community Gathering this year is Friday, March 16th from 5:30-7:30 at the Dorothy Johnson Center (775 East 16th Street) in Chico.
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'Lettuce Get Together'
Tuesday, February 20th
from 4pm to 6pm

Every month the Chico Seed Lending Library hosts a 'Lettuce Get Together' work party. Community volunteers, seed savers, and gardeners get together to discuss timely gardening tips, seed saving techniques, and package up seed for CSLL members to borrow.

Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of each month! See the full 2018 'LGT' schedule here.

 
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Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL) is located within the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico) and is open every day the library is open.
 
'Lettuce Get Together' events take place in the Chico library meeting room.
 
CSLL has been in operation since 2013 serving Butte County residents. CSLL is a partnership program with the Butte County Library, GRUB Education Program and Earthshed Solutions.

 
Learn more about Chico Seed Lending Library
Seeds

Permaculture Tips

If you attended the Seed Swap you now have loads of seeds for your gardens. In this issue we’ll give you some basic vegetable and herb seed starting tips to help you on your way to a bountiful garden.
This is the last opportunity to plant some cool season crops! Many cool season crops are planted in late summer or early fall for harvest over winter and spring. However there are some vegetables that can be planted in early spring if they are fast maturing. Cool season crops are those that grow best and produce the best quality when the average temperatures are 55°F to 75°F and are usually tolerant of slight frosts.
 
Warm temperatures will force some crops to “bolt” which means it will go into flower mode rather than leaf/stem growing mode. And for things like Broccoli where we eat the immature flowers this is not good if the flowers mature faster than we can harvest and enjoy them!

Look for information on the seed packet or online to see how long each variety takes to reach maturity and plant those that will be ready for harvest within 60 days or less and/or are slow bolting varieties. We’ve marked crops with an * to note which you should ensure are fast maturing.

Some Summer crops can be started indoors now or in a sheltered area with heat applied to prevent the seed from rotting. Summer crops require heat and while crops in the Tomato family can take 1-2 months until transplanting size squashes, melons and beans only take a couple of weeks so shouldn't be started indoors until mid to late March. Many herbs can also be directly sown into the garden for harvest and enjoyment later in the season.
Seed to start indoors or in a warm sheltered area:
  • Artichoke
  • *Broccoli
  • *Cabbage
  • *Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • *Collards
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
Seed to direct sow/plant outdoors (all but root crops can be started indoors if desired):
  • Asian Greens (bok choy etc.)
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Chives
  • Fenugreek
  • Lettuce
  • Mache
  • Mustard
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Turnip
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Cilantro
  • Clover
  • Dill
  • Lemon Balm
  • Parsley
These are recommendations pooled from successful farmers and gardeners according to our “typical” seasons. Use this information as a good starting place but don't interpret it as absolutely perfect for every location. Some years may vary and some yards have unique microclimates so don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you and your gardens.
 
Many thanks to Sherri Scott, CSLL seed librarian and Grub Grown Nursery owner, for her wisdom in compiling these seed starting resources.
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How to get Involved!

We have many opportunities for our community to get involved in our Programs and Projects.
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If you want to learn more about permaculture attend a CPG Gathering or PermaBlitz. Interested in seed saving? Join the seed library's monthly 'Lettuce Get Together' work parties. You can also volunteer with us at local events, like the Endangered Species Faire, where we have a booth space. Or, new this year, if you hold a permaculture design certificate you can become a PermaBlitz design intern and help with the design process for one of our PermaBlitz Hosts.
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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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