There was a nice turn out even though the weather did not want to work with us. Everyone shared some of the things they are interested in hearing about. They also shared some of their favorite books and sites they found helpful. Links will be added to help you find the information easier.
If you have not read the book yet please check it out… Food not Lawns – check it out from your local library or here it is on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Food-Not-Lawns-Neighborhood-Community/dp/193339207X and here is the 13 digit ISBN to give you an opportunity to find it elsewhere 978-1933392073. The book gives some helpful information that you can start putting into place this year.
We plan on doing some of the experiments and projects in conjunction with the Kent Community Time Bank –If you are interested in finding out more about the organization please go to www.kentcommunity.timebanks.org (the main page is all you will be able to see until you become a member – information protection for the members) their potlucks are the first Friday of each month. Next upcoming is February 7th. The next informational meeting to allow you to sign up and be a member will be held February 20th. Once you sign up and are approved please go in and put Kent Food Not Lawns introduced you to the organization. The KFNL organization will get time credits for those that sign up. Those time credits will help with getting hall rental time, printing, and so much more.
The Cleveland Food Not Lawns had to cancel their seed swap due to weather. Once we hear of the new date, we will let you all know.
The Kent seed swap will be announced soon. Don is still working out the details with the time bank. Plan on sometime in March or April. More details will be coming soon. Start writing down what you have to trade as well, what you want to get for your garden. Unusual Items that were brought up; Jerusalem Artichokes and Mulberry tree starts
Seed envelops different options to consider –
Money envelopes – ask your bank for some money envelopes but remember to put tape over the flap so the seeds won’t escape
Or just regular mail envelopes.
Make your own: here is one I had found awhile back great if you like to do a little scrapbooking you need paper, printer, and a glue stick
http://www.gardensandcrafts.com/seedpackets.html#sthash.1va8IU9y.dpbs or do a Google search for seed envelopes and find the perfect one for you.
Ok I will spend a little:
Staples has coin envelopes
A great book that is about seed saving is The Seed Underground.
Why save seeds you ask? Those seeds are best because you know where they came from and you know what they have been through. These seeds have grown in our climate they are a little hardier then you would get from ones taken from plants in Georgia or South Carolina would be.
The Plant swap will be in May or June – still working on the details of when and where. More details will be coming soon.
There will be a monthly food swap starting in June. Gardens will start producing and those attending can have the food they grow incorporated into their item/items they will be bringing and the swap will be based on local, healthy foods. Here is a link of another food swap in the area that Don and I attend. (If you find a great recipe save it and make it for one of the swaps. That amazing Vegan Chocolate Torte Rochelle made is a great example) People make desserts, breads, canned goods, wines, you name it… Look at what you have growing or producing – fruits, vegetables, milk, honey, etc and then find your favorite or even experiment on what you want to make for the swap. You split it up in what would be $5 portions. http://countrysideconservancy.businesscatalyst.com/learn-countryside-local-food-swaps.htm
First monthly gathering will be Sunday, February 23rd at Mike’s Place Corner of 43 and 261. Open discussion great way to find out what one another knows.
Tom and Crhis put out a great beekeeping Meetup down in Canton it will be March 15th. Don posted the training classes and it is available to sign up. The contact number to sign up is 330-455-5482 http://www.starkbeekeepers.org/events/beeschool2013
2 books Tom suggested on beekeeping: These are what I found on Amazon
Natural Beekeeping –
Backyard Beekeeping –
Information members have shared they would be interested in
Bee Keeping – Tom and Crhis have already set that in motion – see above and check out the Meetup website.
Pruning a fruit tree – Don will be checking with Stotler’s Orchard in Atwater – information coming soon. http://www.stotlersorchard.com/pruningseason.html
Master Gardeners discussion – we have been working with someone we know right now to get that set up .
Permaculture – we are working with someone we know to get that set up also.
Growing Mushrooms – http://ohiomushroomsociety.wordpress.com/
Here are some of the side discussions we had away from the agenda but interesting none the less…
Jeff brought up about where he gets his garlic. The place is in Hudson and here is the link http://www.charliesgourmetgarlic.com/ (they are out of garlic at this time but still other garlic related products.)
Rain gutter wicking here is a you tube video showing what one guy did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAUJynRhajE
We are going to order for the group from www.wintersown.org The seeds chosen are based on our zone and region. It costs $25.00 for them to ship the order. Having just started the organization, there are no funds built up yet. I will have a donation box at the seed swap for anyone willing throw a buck in the kitty to defray the cost from Don paying out of his pocket.
Did you know community gardens usually only go from May to October? There is so much that you can grow through out the year – indoors and out!
Pinterest is a great site for finding anything. If you haven’t made an account yet for yourself, I strongly suggest one. It allows you to have a cyber bulletin board you can categorize.
Great gardening sites that a few suggested:
Permies – http://www.permies.com
Johnny Seed – http://www.johnnyseeds.com
Aerogarden – www.aerogarden.com