For the second year in a row, farmers and gardeners in the North Country will be able to come together for a few hours this weekend to share seeds and compare notes. Jeremiah Curtis began the Spring Seed Swap last year after a desire to get to know his neighbors and learn more about their gardening experiences. Our Cara Thomas has more.
ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. --"When I grew up in Vermont, we always had a garden. We had asparagus, corn and tomatoes and man, the taste of fresh tomatoes is just exquisite. It's just an amazing taste," said Jeremiah Curtis.
Curtis grew up in a home where his mom gardened and raised chickens and when he moved to the North Country with his family, they decided to do the same.
He explained, "To be a little bit more self sufficient, to be a little bit smarter, as far as managing my own food supply, you know, those are all reasons that I thought it'd be good to have my own garden."
But there was a lot Curtis didn't know about gardening, so he decided to use the people around him to learn. Last year he created a seed swap. A time when local gardeners and farmers could share their seeds with one another, while also learning how to be successful.
Curtis said, "By planting seeds that other people have grown successfully in your area, then you've got a better chance of growing those same seeds successfully."
"That's a lot of what the seed swap is about too, is kind of preserving a local heritage of local seeds," said Chelle Lindahl from the Sustainability Project for the North Country.
This is the second year Curtis will be holding the seed swap and he is getting help from the Sustainability Project for the North Country. Lindahl says gardening is something she encourages everyone to take part in.
Lindahl said, "It's so easy, you put seeds in dirt and it grows. With a little water and a little sunshine things grow and you'll learn so much just by watching them grow."
Curtis says there was a great turn out last year and it hopes even more people will come this year. He says even if you don't have seeds to swap, $300 worth of seeds have been donated, so no one will go home empty handed.
This year’s seed swap will be held at Elliot’s Agway in Winthrop on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Those who attend are asked to bring their seeds in jars or paper or plastic bags with labels and plant information attached.