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Harvest Fair Thank You

I would like to extend a heart-felt “thank you” everyone who made our first annual Harvest Fair such a success…

to Beth, who heard ‘we should do something fun to celebrate the end of the season’ and planned a day of music, games, crafts, storytelling, cider pressing and competitions. Weeks of planning and organizing were well worth it, and just remember – it’ll be easier next year.

to the home canners, fermenters and crafters who were willing to share their hard work and bounty for our competition. I can’t tell you what a joy it was to see those beautiful jars of jams, jellies, kraut, relish, pickles, chutneys, kombucha, soda, lotions, and bath salts lining our table and knowing that they were made right here in our community, by our neighbors, who live in the city but hold tight to the tradition of growing, preserving, and making by hand.

to Harriet, Gabe, Isla, Barbara and Saundra who ogled, sniffed, prodded, and tasted every entry in our homecrafting competition. After seeing and tasting the entries myself, I acknowledge that you had the best, and toughest, job of all.

to Zach and Jamie who managed, in just over three hours, to press 150 pounds of apples into the most delicious cider while laughing, chatting and explaining the workings of the cider press. Thank you both for being so generous with your time.

to Jen, Jessie, Emily and the rest of the staff who gave their time, talent, humor and patience in helping bring this event together.

to the musicians whose gift of music kept us all singing, dancing, and tapping our toes. You were wonderful and deserve to be on the charts.

to Ashley and Ethan of Feastworks who shared their handcrafted sausages and pretended not to notice that I came back three times for more samples. We’re so glad you’re in the neighborhood and that your delicious bacon and charcuterie are only steps away from our door.

and finally, to everyone in the community who came out to celebrate and share one of the last beautiful days of summer with us. Without you, we wouldn’t have a reason to celebrate.

And now for the winners of the competition:

Jams, Jellies and Preserves:

1st – Wendy Posson
2nd – Sarah West
3rd – Paschal Black
4th – Chris Chulos

Pickles, Chutneys and Sauces:

1st – Marianne Colgrove
2nd – Sarah West
3rd – Pam Henderson
4th – Chris Chulos

Fermented Vegetables:

1st – Sarah West
2nd – Justin Moran
3rd – Scott Bates
4th – Alan York

Fermented Vinegars & Vegetables:

1st – Wendy Evans
2nd – Saundra Kamman
3rd – Corrie Heath
4th – Corrie Heath

Personal Products:

1st – Mary Benson
2nd – Gretel Page
3rd – Liz Fouther-Branch
4th – Corrie Heath

Canned Goods Presentation:

1st – Juanita and friends
2nd – Wendy Evans
3rd – Gretel Page

Kids Crafts:

1st Nina Lyle


The Start of a Seed Exchange

It’s reassuring to know that somewhere in the arctic tundra, tucked safely in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault are thousands of seeds ready to share their genetic wealth when the world needs it. I shudder to think of the numbers of native varieties of plants that have become extinct over the years; our genetic diversification becoming that much more narrow. And as important as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the National Plant Germplasm System, and other seed saving systems are, what’s most important is that we, as individuals, start taking the initiative to fight the further loss of genetic diversification.

It sounds like a daunting task, and in a way it really is.   But, when everyone works together, it can be easy and fun. It can be a Seed Exchange!  So we’re calling on all gardeners and farmers to start saving your seeds to share with others.  Here’s how it works: we provide the materials and space, and you provide the genetic diversification.

Beginning in August, we will have a table set up in the garage with various jars, envelopes, bags, labels, spoons, and markers. For those who are new to the art of seed saving, there will be a couple of guides to explain proper seed collection, cleaning, and storage. If you have an abundance of rare, heirloom, or open pollinated seeds, bring some in to share with others.  If you are looking for some seeds to plant in your own garden, come in and take what you need. It’s all free and it’s a great way to expand your garden selection and meet your neighbors. In other words, it’s a win-win.