Posts Tagged ‘Southern Exposure Seed Exchange’

Our Pals at ACORN Community in Louisa have had a SECOND fire this year, this time damaging their main building. These folks are incredible, do incredible work for agriculture and community. There are so many amazing residents, and they need some support right now. Please, if you are able to, donate to their repair fund. And definitely share this with others who might be willing and able to support them!

There indiegogo fundraiser:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/acorn-community-s-post-arson-repairs?show_todos=true

http://igg.me/p/576244

We spent this evening with members of the Occupy Richmond Gardening Group, watching Return of the Killer Tomatoes and planting the seeds both groups purchased last weekend on our field trip to the Acorn Collective in Louisa County.

If you didn’t know, Acorn runs the business Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, who have over 700 different organic and heirloom seed varieties. You can order from them here: http://www.southernexposure.com/  The seed company supports a really great egalitarian community in Virginia!

We ended up with a couple hundred different baby plants. We are starting them in the 4th bedroom at the Wingnut, which gets South-East light, so we are pretending it is a greenhouse! We are growing a large variety of herbs, flowers, hot peppers, and vegetables!

Hopefully we will have an awesome garden at the Wingnut this Spring and Summer! And the Occupy Richmond Gardening Group seems to have a lot of plans for their baby plants too.

Yesterday we finally planted a bunch of seeds in the Garden at the Wingnut.

FOOD NOT LAWNS!!!

We built 8 4′ x 4′ boxes to make raised beds in the front yard. Then we planted everything – carrots, kale, collards, turnip greens, squash, zuchinni, tomatoes, cucumber, basil, lemon balm, cotton!!!, spinach etc.

Kayla Dean, Eric, Jeremy, and Mo planted the seeds. While we were out there, 2 kids from the neighborhood stopped by and wanted to help. So Larry and Dayshawn helped plant lemon balm, sunflower seeds, and tomatoes. Larry wanted some seeds to take home, so we set him up with a egg carton of dirt and some tomato seeds to plant.

We still have potatoes and corn to plant.

We also are growing a ton of herbs and peppers- jalopenos, mint, etc.

If you need to get your garden on, come by and help out!