Sunday, February 24th, 2019 11am – 4pm
5th Annual Seed Swap @
Chippewa Nature Center
400 S Badour Rd, Midland, Michigan
& Kids Activities
Saving The Living History Of Our Heirloom Seeds
The keynote speaker at the 5th annual Central Michigan Seed Swap will be legendary seedsman John Coykendall! John is the resident Master Gardener at the world famous Blackberry Farms in Walland, Tennessee. Traveling through Europe and across the United States, Coykendall has collected not only great stories but also seeds from the most successful gardens in the world. He brings the knowledge of decades to the garden, along with centuries old heirloom seeds that he has collected from all over the world. John will be sharing many of these exciting stories during his talk, helping us to understand the importance of saving the living history of our heirloom seeds.
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
GRAINS IN THE GARDEN
Everyone can (and should) grow grains at home!! Join Scott Hucker, a grower for the Great Lakes Staple Seeds company for this informative presentation. Scott will walk us through his experiences growing grains including selection, planting, cultivation, harvest and processing.
ALL THINGS TOMATO
Karen Golden founded her business, Michigan Heirlooms, in 1999 and she now sells over 16,000 organic starter plants every year! Karen’s presentation will feature ‘All Things Tomato’ and she will share with us her passion for growing, nurturing and enjoying the flavors of heirloom tomatoes, America’s favorite fruit!
2:00- 3:00 PM
THE LIVING HISTORY OF OUR HEIRLOOM SEEDS
Traveling through Europe and across the United States, John Coykendall has collected not only great stories but also seeds from the most successful gardens in the world. He brings the knowledge of decades to the garden, along with centuries old heirloom seeds that he has collected from all over the world! John will be sharing many of these exciting stories to help us understand the importance of saving the living history of our heirloom seeds.
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
PUMPKINS, THE NEW (OLD) SUPERFOOD
Sarah Tomac, a fourth generation farmer, is passionate about pumpkins and their amazing diversity. Her talk, ‘Pumpkins…the new (old) Superfood’, will share the many ways to enjoy and share this ancient fruit. If you’ve ever been curious about growing, preparing or saving seeds from your winter squash, you don’t want to miss this talk!
Shiloh Maples will be joining us for an inspirational and powerful presentation about her work with Sacred Roots in Detroit. Sacred Roots is a food sovereignty initiative that aims at reconnecting urban indigenous people to their ancestors and the Earth through traditional foodways, seed saving and story telling.
11:30 AM-12:15 PM
GROWING YOUR OWN MICROGREENS
Sarah Longstreth is the owner of Good Stead Farm, a certified organic farm located right here in Midland County.. She will be teaching us how we can grow and harvest our own microgreens at home without fancy equipment or even a green thumb! This will be a fun and tasty workshop!
CULTIVATING SEED LIBRARIES IN YOUR COMMUNITY
This inspirational presentation from Abby Harper will include tips for getting your community seed library started and building partnerships, as well as strategies, for fostering and maintaining broader community engagement.
Abby serves as a Community Food Systems Educator with MSU Extension and she has a background in leveraging regional food systems to foster community health, including serving as a community health volunteer with Peace Corps in Guatemala! Bring your ideas and successful strategies for sharing!
We have lots of fun things planned for the kids as well! They can make sustainable crafts with Midland Recyclers, heirloom bean bracelets with Saverine Creek Jewelry and mini worm farms with C360 Community Garden! They can also explore the Chippewa Nature Center’s incredible Ecosystem Gallery, filled with hands-on exhibits about Rivers, Wetlands, Fields and Woodlands to get them up close to the exciting sights and sounds of nature.
Learn more about everything the Nature Center has to offer here:
Community Seed Table
Thanks to generous donations from some of our favorite seed companies, we are able to offer a great selection of seeds, FREE of charge to anyone who is in need or interested.
Buy, Sell or Trade
This is a buy, sell or trade event.. please plan to bring money and/or seeds for exchange. No seeds? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us!
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