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Registration is OPEN! 4th Annual Seed Swap 3/1 The event is FREE (suggested $3 donation at the door), but you must register in advance to participate. We’ll be at The Word at Shaw again,  4265 Shaw Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63110. Saturday, March...

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Registration is OPEN! 4th Annual Seed Swap 3/1

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Category : Events

The event is FREE (suggested $3 donation at the door), but you must register in advance to participate. We’ll be at The Word at Shaw again,  4265 Shaw Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63110. Saturday, March 1, from noon to 3.

Bring seeds to share, any amount is fine by us. Please, no expired seeds! Seeds may be store-bought or harvested from your garden. Gold stars for heirloom or organic. Clearly label all seeds and indicate whether they are full sun, part sun, or shade. You do not need to individually package seeds, but we certainly don’t mind if you do.  Slow Foods is sponsoring again and has generously provided a grant to Drop. Swap. Grow. so we can get some native and heirloom seeds for the seed bank to share.  It’s always  a good idea to bring envelopes or baggies to store the seeds you pick out. We will have some envelopes to share, but they go fast.

The tool swap is easy-peasy, too. If you have any new or gently used extra tools lying about, bring them to swap with others. We’ll have a table set up for drop off when you arrive.

As everyone checks in we’ll have some snacks to share and time to socialize. Once we are all settled, we’ll have a couple short talks from some awesome local yokels who are going to share their wisdom. We’ll keep you posted as plans are finalized.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, please email me dropswapgrow@gmail.com.

 

3rd Annual Seed and Tool Swap – REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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Category : Blog

The event is FREE, but you must register in advance to participate. We’ll be in the basement of The Word at Shaw again,  4265 Shaw Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63110. Saturday, March 2, from noon to 3.

Bring seeds to share, any amount is fine by us. Please, no expired seeds! Seeds may be store-bought or harvested from your garden. Gold stars for heirloom or organic. Clearly label all seeds and indicate whether they are full sun, part sun, or shade. You do not need to individually package seeds, but we certainly don’t mind if you do.  Slow Foods is sponsoring again and has generously provided a grant to Drop. Swap. Grow. so we can get some native and heirloom seeds for the seed bank to share.  It’s always  a good idea to bring envelopes or baggies to store the seeds you pick out. We will have some envelopes to share, but they go fast.

The tool swap is easy-peasy, too. If you have any new or gently used extra tools lying about, bring them to swap with others. We’ll have a table set up for drop off when you arrive.

As everyone checks in we’ll have some snacks to share and time to socialize. Once we are all settled, we’ll have a couple short talks from some awesome local yokels who are going to share their wisdom. We’ll have a speaker from Slow Foods as well as Jenny Murphy from Perennial who will teach us how to creatively reuse common household items in the garden. We’ve got a couple other ideas cookin’, too. We’ll keep you posted as plans are finalized.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, please email me dropswapgrow@gmail.com

Can’t wait to see you!

 

 

 

Spring Swap Planning

Category : Blog

Hey Swappers!

I know it’s hard to be thinking ahead to spring gardening when it’s so gosh darn cold outside, but it will be here in a jiffy. We are working on securing a location for this year’s swap and hope to have something finalized in the next few days. Keep your eyes on this page for updates and remember you can always keep in touch via our Facebook page, too.

Stay warm!

St. Louis Green Drinks – October 16

Category : Blog

Gosh, it’s been a long time since we chatted, hasn’t it? I hope your summer was great and you’re getting that fall garden going!

This Tuesday, October 16, I’ll be joining the Schlafly gardeners to chat about seed saving. We’ll also have a little seed swap, too. For all the info, visit the St. Louis Green Drinks website at http://www.stlgreendrinks.org/

Hope to see you there!

 

Seed & Tool Swap Registration is Open! FREE

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Category : Blog

The event is FREE, but you must register in advance to participate.

Like last year, we’ll be doing some peer-to-peer learning and socializing before the swap. Some wonderful friends of Drop. Swap. Grow. have offered to talk to our group about the canning process, food preservation, and basic bread making. We’ll have about a half an hour or so of learning while we do our magic in the background and get everything set up for the swap.

Seed Swap: Bring seeds to share. Seeds can be store-bought or harvested from your garden. Bonus points for heirloom and organic! Please clearly label them and indicate whether they are full sun,part sun, or shade.

New for the swap this year: TOOL SWAP! Do you have 4 pairs of shears, but no hand shovel? 3 hand shovels but no shears? Bring all the extras you’ve got and we’ll do a little swaparooni along with the seed swap. Tools can be various sizes but nothing bigger than a standard shovel and no heavy-duty machinery, ok? All the leftovers will be donated to local community gardens.

Click the picture below to get your tickets!

2nd Annual Spring Seed Swap

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Category : Blog, Experts, Seed Saving, Urban Agriculture

Greenies,

I know it’s hard to fathom with blustery winds and the crisp chill in the air, but it really is time to start thinking about the garden!

The second annual spring SEED SWAP is right around the corner and we’re so excited to be hosting this fun event again on Saturday, February 25 from noon to 3. We’re changing locations to accommodate a larger crowd than last time (it was a wee bit cozy last year) but it will still be very conveniently located in south city. In fact, if you can find the Botanical Gardens, you’re golden. We’ll be in basement of The Word at Shaw, 4265 Shaw Blvd, St Louis, Missouri 63110. The nice folks over there have kindly offered us their space to use for the swap. Yay for nice people!

Like last year, we’ll be doing some peer-to-peer learning and socializing before the swap. Some wonderful friends of Drop. Swap. Grow. have offered to talk to our group about the canning process, food preservation, and basic bread making. We’ll have about a half an hour or so of learning while we do our magic in the background and get everything set up for the swap.

New for the swap this year: TOOL SWAP! Do you have 4 pairs of shears, but no hand shovel? 3 hand shovels but no shears? Bring all the extras you’ve got and we’ll do a little swaparooni along with the seed swap. Tools can be various sizes but nothing bigger than a standard shovel and no heavy-duty machinery, ok? All the leftovers will be donated to local community gardens.

Sponsor love! This year’s swap is getting some extra special love from the folks at Slow Food. They have generously provided a grant to purchase seeds and some gardening essentials for our raffle baskets and will be doing a brief presentation to teach us more about what it means to be a part of the slow food movement. We’re so excited to have them join us, we know you’ll love them, too.

We’ve opted to go a little lower-tech this year to save time and streamline the process. You will not need to register your seeds this year. You will only need to register for the event itself. I’ll be posting registration information very soon. Registration will officially open on 2/1 and will close on 2/20. 

That’s it for now, folks. Stay tuned.

 

Fall Swap Cancelled

Category : Blog

NOTICE! Fall swap is cancelled. Life has gotten a little crazy at the homestead and we’ve decided after much consideration to cancel the fall swap and pour all our energy into the spring seed swap this go around. Not to worry, the canning demo and bread making demo will be in the spring installment. Stay tuned!

Fall Harvest Swap Registration – CANCELLED 9/22/11

Category : Blog

CANCELLED 9/22/11

 

The Fall Harvest Swap is free, but you have to register to attend. Please follow this link to snag some tickets!

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/195110

 

 

 

 

Harvest Swap!

Category : Blog

It’s official, Urban Eats is hosting us again for the Harvest Swap. Fill in your calendar right now for Saturday, October 15 from 1 to 4. We’ll be having a little looser format this time with only two guest lecturers and an easy-breezy lower-tech swap. You’ll still need to register in advance to let us know you’re coming, but you won’t need to register what you’re bringing.  We’ll learn, commune, and swap together. It’s going to be grand!

For the swap, you can bring fresh produce or anything you have canned/processed at home. If you have great recipes that really knock your socks off that you’d like to share, please bring some copies to share with your food-loving buddies. The swap will be pretty darned easy – don’t take more than you bring on the first pass. The second pass will be a free-for-all. Any leftovers will be donated to an area food pantry.

Once I’ve finalized the program, I’ll post the details here along with registration information. If you haven’t joined our Facebook page yet, please do, it”s a great way to keep up with the up-to-the-minute group activity!

 

Sunday Harvest

Category : Blog, Urban Agriculture

Basil, sage, green beans, and corn.