January 9, 2019
The Big Garden will hold its 5th Annual Seed Share at Omaha’s Yates Community Center Saturday, February 16th from 10am-2pm. Big Muddy Urban Farm and City Sprouts are co-hosting the event. Seeds, including many organic & heirloom, will be available free-of-charge to everyone in attendance. Gardeners are also encouraged to bring their own seeds to share with neighbors. Previous Big Garden seed shares have been wildly popular, with more than 150 attendees each.
New this year, organizers will name the “Seed of the Year.” This is one special heirloom variety that will be highlighted across Omaha as a fun way to encourage gardeners to plant seedlings that have special historical significance to our bioregion.
Seed shares are an important community tradition where local gardeners can meet to exchange and share their seeds. Seed shares offer many benefits including: connecting neighbors, sharing age-old skills and stories, cost-savings for growers, and protecting local biodiversity.
In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. Seed-saving and sharing is particularly important these days as biotech chemical companies gain increasing control over our seeds. Access to seeds is a vital part of a resilient food system. Saving and sharing seeds becomes an act of resistance and an opportunity to for us to come together as a more self-sufficient community.
This event is for novice gardeners who want to connect with veteran gardeners, veteran gardeners who have skills to share, those who want to learn more about the importance of seed-saving, and those who care about strengthening our food system from the ground up.
Annual Seed Share
Saturday February 16th, 10am-2pm
Yates Community Center, 3260 Davenport Street
· Free seeds
· Seed-starting demonstration
· Free handouts
· Live music
· Art projects for kids
· Healthy snacks