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Slow Food seed swap at Old Salem

WINSTON-SALEM —Slow Food Piedmont, with support from Old Salem Horticulture and Forsyth County Master Gardener volunteers, will hold their annual Seed Swap and Potluck on Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event is free, open to all, and includes a pot luck lunch. This is the sixth year that Slow Food Piedmont has held the Seed Swap at Old Salem.

Slow Food Piedmont’s Annual Seed Swap encourages first time growers, experienced gardeners, and all who are interested to come and swap seeds or corms, handy tips and garden wisdom. Local experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Please bring a dish to share at the potluck, something from your garden or from a favorite recipe.

Please bring a permanent marker and containers for seeds. Small envelopes, prescription bottles without labels, and film canisters work well.

In addition, if you have heirloom seed that has been handed down over generations, the Old Salem Horticulture Department will be collecting “Seeds with Stories” during the Seed Swap.

Visit our Seeds with Stories web page for more information. Contact Eric Jackson, Old Salem Heritage Gardens and Outreach, at ejackson@oldsalem.org or (336) 201-5174 to schedule an interview

Traditionally, seed saving was a part of every growing season. However, in recent decades, food varieties extinction in America has accelerated so that many of our historic vegetable and fruit varieties are now gone.

There has never been a more important time to celebrate, save, and exchange seed.

For more information, email slowfoodpiedmont@gmail.com.

Slow Food is a global community, connecting people to the land and to each other through local projects, educational events, and shared meals.

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