Slow Food O’ahu and Hawai’i SEED invite you to a “Seed Exchange & Gardening Fair” at Waimea Valley on Saturday, November 7, 2015.This FREE event features a jam-packed day full of great information for backyard gardeners and farmers. Bring your seeds and cuttings to share and PLEASE read the Seed Sharing Protocol below. In addition to the Exchange, there will be a number of exciting activities and opportunities to learn more about island backyard gardening and food production. We are honored to be hosting Anna Peach, Maxie Asagi, Danny Bishop and Anthony Maxfield who will be presenting workshops on Backyard Chicken Raising, Beekeeping, Kalo Huli Banking & Protocol, and Growing the Very Best in Your Garden. Lyn Howe from the Hawai’i Public Seed Initiative will be on hand to answer any of your seed and plant cutting questions. We will have children’s activities and a “Localvore” Potluck at noon. In addition to the Seed Exchange, Waimea Valley will be having a Native Plant sale and HECO’s Arbor Day Tree Giveaway will be taking place as well!
This event is free to the public. For more information call 808 652-5286
Seed Sharing Protocol:
1. Do not share seeds of invasive species!
2. Do not share brassica seeds as spread of blackrot can happen, it is a seed-borne disease and many of the seed companies are having a problem with this.
3. Do not share old seeds as germination may be low.
4. label or bring a description of each of the seeds you share including date of harvest.
5. Bring your own seed envelopes or baggies and markers for labeling.
6. Do not take more than 25% of any seed or cutting; leave some for others.