Our good friends over at the University of Central Arkansas asked me to pass along their 2011 schedule of CAHH! (Conserving Arkansas Agricultural Heritage) co-sponsored seed swaps taking place at various locations throughout Arkansas. This is an excellent opportunity to share or find rare and unusual heirloom seeds from the Ozarks region. Read on and plan on attending a swap in your area! J.H.
CAAH! Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
Got Whippoorwills? Razorbacks? Red Rippers? Pencil Cob? Hickory King? Creasebacks? Turkey Craws?
Want some? Come to the Old-Timey Ozark Seed Swap!
The CAAH! project establishes a master collection of endangered seeds and related cultural and agronomic information, and distributes such seeds at annual Seed Swaps. University of Central Arkansas students document the seeds, grow them out in CAAH! gardens to distribute the next season, and catalogue them in a database of local varieties.
In addition to the 4th Annual Ozark Seed Swap at the Ozark Folk Center State Park and the 3rd Annual Faulkner County Seed Swap at the Faulkner County Library, CAAH! has collaborated with organizations all over the state to sponsor 2nd annual Seed Swaps in El Dorado, Fayetteville, Jasper, Russellville and Searcy, and to establish inaugural Seed Swaps in three additional communities: Eureka Springs, Hot Springs, and Little Rock.
Co-sponsored by churches, libraries, Master Gardener groups, a state park, and the Southern Seed Legacy, the University of Central Arkansas’s Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!) project will host Seed Swaps around the state throughout Spring 2011. The Ozark Seed Swap at the Ozark Folk Center State Park will be the fourth annual, the Little Rock Inaugural Seed Swap will be held ceremoniously in conjunction with the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, and the Hot Springs Inaugural Seed Swap will be co-sponsored by the eminent Southern Seed Legacy. We invite you to bring some open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds, bulbs, plants, and stories to swap with other seed savers. If you have no seeds to swap but want to get started, come along to mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help. We conserve the heritage of Arkansas as we share good stories, beautify our yards, feed our friends and family, and of course, trade seeds.
WHAT: 2011 Seed Swaps
WHEN: Spring 2011
WHERE: Conway, El Dorado, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Jasper, Little Rock, Mountain View, Russellville, Searcy
WHO: University of Central Arkansas Sociology Department’s CAAH! partnering with the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, Arkansas Sustainability, Network, Churches, Libraries, Master Gardeners, Garden Coalitions, the Ozark Folk Center State Park, the Southern Seed Legacy, and any interested farmers and gardeners
WHY: Arkansas farmers and gardeners have a legacy of heirloom seeds that are in danger of being lost, and sharing of seeds will encourage production of diverse varieties for posterity and sustainable food production.
HOW IT WORKS: Anyone can bring seeds to swap or share. If you do not have seeds, you could bring envelopes or garden implements, anything to share or trade with other gardeners.
SEED SWAP SCHEDULE FOR 2011
Searcy/ Beebe – 8am-12pm
White County Fairgrounds – 802 Davis Drive
Sherri Sanders, Cooperative Extension Service
Mountain View – 12pm-3pm
Ozark Folk Center
Bois D’arc Conference Center – 1032 Park Ave
Tina Marie Wilcox – (870) 269-3851
Russellville – 10am-1pm
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
Sutherland Hall – 501 South Phoenix
Carolyn McLellan – (479) 968-6286
Fayetteville – 1pm-4pm
Fayetteville Senior Center – 945 S. College Ave
Katy Deaton – Community Gardening Coalition
Little Rock – 10am-2pm
AR Flower and Garden Show
Statehouse Convention Center
Jasper – 10am-2pm
Newton County Library
El Dorado – 10am-1pm
Barton (El Dorado) Public Library
200 East 5th St
Nancy Arn, Barton – (870) 863-5447
Eureka Springs – 10am-2pm
Eureka Springs Carnegie Library – 194 Spring St
Conway – 10am-2pm
Faulkner County Public Library – 1900 Tyler St
For more info see the CAHH! blog at www.arkansasgro.wordpress.com
Image by Brian C. Campbell