Planting seed of a ‘swap and save’ idea

Calder Food Hub's Seedy Saturday, 2011 - this picture by Bob Jones
Calder Food Hub's Seedy Saturday, 2011 - this picture by Bob Jones

Have you got more seeds that you can possibly use in your garden this year?

Would you like a greater variety of seeds and plants without spending any more money?

If so, then a local food group have just the event for you!

Following the success of last year’s event, Calder Food Hub will be holding its second Seedy Saturday plant and seed exchange at the Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, on Saturday, March 24, admission free and cakes and refreshments are available.

You are invited to bring any unwanted seeds or plants, particularly fruit, vegetables and herbs for swapping - or alternatively just bring yourself and a willingness to grow things. “The afternoon promises to be a vibrant mix of seed and plant swapping, advice on seed saving, plus seed sowing and craft activities for children,” says Kath Baker of Calder Food Hub.

“Seeds are incredibly expensive to buy, and generally there more in a packet than we can use in our small gardens here. Seedy Saturday gives people the opportunity to try new varieties without spending a fortune.”

Calder Food Hub will also be launching their new tool library scheme at Seedy Saturday.

“Our tool library is based at the Redacre Growing Project in Mytholmroyd and consists of a range of standard and specialist gardening tools that are available for local groups and individuals to borrow”, says Kath.

The Hub also hope to encourage new people to get involved in their community allotment at Redacre and are actively looking for new committee members, who are committed to improving access to local food in this area.

For more details see www.calderfoodhub.org.uk or e-mail calderfoodhub@ymail.com