New Brunswick Community Garden Coalition Seed Swap

By Francisco G. Gómez

Raíces Seed Swap

Liz and Nicole talking veggie stuff

Seeds, seed sowing workshop, bluegrass music, children’s garden painting and lots of veggie minded citizens came out today for the seed swap at the Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick. We set up our table right next to R.I.P.E. a Rutgers University student group that is dedicated to Permaculture, amongst other sustainable practices, and began to lay out our seeds, T-shirts, flyers and started up our Raíces garden pics slideshow on the Mac.

Gardener Ellen Rosner teaching winter seed sowing.

Gardener and community member Ellen Rosner teaching winter seed sowing.

The place was packed and it was truly a pleasure to see so much of the Mexican community present, as well as, many of our veggie growing friends like Gabby, Joe, Ellen, Theresa, Paul, Nathan and a few others. There were seeds everywhere and the place was bustling with questions and commentaries about all things that grow.

This is the third year that the seed swap has taken place and it seems that every year it grows more and more. In a time when issues of food, sustainability, conservation and the overall global environment seems to be on the minds of so many ecologically minded people, it is wonderful to share with community that is a part of this movement. If you didn’t make it out to this event, come out to the Raíces Eco-Culture Seed Swap on March 4th in Highland Park (flyer and more info here). Make sure you put these two events on your calendar every spring, and we hope to seed you there…happy growing!

Growing Community

Gabby Aron and children from the community painting garden mural “Growing Community”

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La Cosecha 2012

Just a sampling of this year's colorful harvest from the Raíces Eco-Culture Micro Farm Plots. We undertook the endeavor to grow as much food as we could without land of our own and at the end of August/beginning of September we are now harvesting an average of over 50 pounds per week from seven small plots spread throughout Middlesex County. We are seeking land of our own which we want to use to grow good food for people in our community. Check out some of the beautiful colors of this summer's harvest.
La cosecha

Collecting Spring Water From The Mountains

Road Trippin' with a few friends and a dozen empty jugs to visit and collect water from a natural spring in the northern New Jersey mountains!

D.I.Y. Cold Process Soapmaking

Thanks to our friend and wonderful teacher, Raíces co-directors Nicole and Francisco now know how to make their own soap!

EcoCulture: Spring Gardening Meeting

Raíces EcoCulture's March meeting was dedicated to spring gardening and seed starting. Participants learned about starting seeds, winter sowing and permaculture, made mini seed packet envelopes, planted seedlings and swapped seeds.

Early Spring Greens in a Raised Bed Cold Frame

This spring we experimented with a cold frame we constructed in the fall. We planted a few varieties of early lettuce and greens on the Full Snow Moon, February 25, just to see if it would grow. About a month and a half later and it's ready to eat! Lettuce is cold hardy, so we suspect it would have survived without the cold frame, but the warmth of being covered helped to keep it growing quickly.

Spring Seedlings 2013

Many hands have been involved in getting the Raíces seedlings started this year. From eco-culture meetings to family gatherings to school gardening days, we have planted over 40 trays of seeds so far, and we are still going!

EcoCulture: Deep Ecology

The Raíces EcoCulture Sustainability Meeting for April was about Deep Ecology, presented by Ellen Rosner. Attendees also participated in a group discussion after the presentation, examining and dialoguing about their relationship to nature, earth and ecology.

Raícitas Planting Seeds at Cubs in the Cave

Raíces EcoCulture seedling planting days at Cubs in the Cave. The seedlings we planted will be transplanted into the children's garden at the Reformed Church of Highland Park. Special thanks to High Mowing Organic Seeds and the Hudson Valley Seed Library who donated the seeds we planted.
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