A NEW NAME, A NEW EMPHASIS: COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & SHARE Save the date: Saturday, March 14, 3-7 PM. More details to come soon.
OUR ANNUAL CARLISLE SEED EVENT HAS A NEW NAME! In the past, some people thought that the event was just for people who always start their plants from seeds -- that you had to bring some seeds if you wanted to take some seeds away. We worried that folks would think planting seeds was just "not for them." But we believe that everyone should experience the joy of growing and appreciate the wonders of the natural world.
Heirloom species at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA. They're one of the nation's leading suppliers of organic, open-pollinated, and non-GMO seeds, and the source of seeds previously offered at the Carlisle Community Seed Swap & Share. Check out their offerings at seedsavers.org
So we renamed our event the Community Seed Swap & Share to stress that everyone can enjoy the adventure of planting even a few seeds. By placing a seed in moistened dirt, we share what is perhaps the basic miracle of life on Earth: photosynthesis, a process that's still not fully appreciated, lets a seed use sunlight. moisture, and the nutrients in enriched stone dust to create a food supply that supports the entire web of life. And, along the way, these plants perform another miracle to benefit the human race. Since plants need carbon dioxide to create the carbohydrates that nourish them, they pull atmospheric carbon into the soil -- thereby reducing the planet's atmospheric carbon. It's all good.
It's a complex process that benefits us all, and the world is rethinking a science that's revealing new data every day. The world and the creatures in it are evolving. There's great news in learning how forests work together to care for their community, how plants have learned to create chemicals that can attract, repel, and heal. New techniques of sustainability and restorative agriculture are being promoted to encourage pollinators on our own property, how to work with our neighbors to build larger wildlife habitats, how to understand that the pesticides used in the past may have unintended consequences. Most of all, we are learning it takes entire village, even a nation of villages working together, to repay the planet for its largesse. Ultimately, agriculture is providing a model to show how diverse communities can work together to create an environment that serves them all.
THIS YEAR we're expanding our environmental expo to emphasize more aspects of our life in the Carlisle Community: include the foods we eat, plants for well being, and many topics to enhance our appreciation of Planet Earth.
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