by Nicole Wines
On May 1, 2016, the Raíces EcoCulture Seed Library participated in the annual Spring Renewal Fair in Rumson, NJ. This was our second time participating in this yearly event. We held a quick talk about seed saving and seed libraries, took some questions and jumped right into a hands-on seed swap and seed saving demonstration. Special thanks to Andreea Fegan from Little Bites of Joy for the invitation to participate in this event. Check out the photos taken by Raíces Director Francisco G. Gómez in our photo gallery from the event.
The Raíces EcoCulture Seed Library seed saving talk and demonstration set up at the 2016 Spring Renewal Fair in Rumson, NJ.
A wide variety of bean seeds on display to illustrate the importance of preserving seed biodiversity through cultivating heirloom plant varieties. The Raíces EcoCulture Seed Library currently has over 15 varieties of heirloom and open pollinated bean seeds.
Raíces EcoCulture Coordinator Nicole Wines talking about the importance of seed saving and discussing how seed libraries function.
Program participants signing up for the Raíces EcoCulture Seed Library and exploring the wide varietiy of bean seeds we brought as examples of plant and seed diversity.
Adding ying-yang beans to the Raíces EcoCulture Seed Library, courtesy of a new member who signed up at the Spring Renewal event following the seed saving talk.
Giving a quick demonstration on how to make upcycled D.I.Y. seed envelopes for seed saving.
Pointing out the diferences in bean seed varieties.
Program particpants had the opportunity to sign up as members of the Raíces Seed Library and take home bean seeds to start their seed saving endeavors.
Choosing varieties of beans to grow and save as a new member of the Raíces EcoCulture Seed Library.