Creative 360 is teaming up with Small House Farm to bring the third annual Central Michigan Seed Swap Sunday, February 24, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. This is the perfect chance to share your extra seeds and take home a few new ones to plant this spring. The featured presenter is world-renowned Botanical Explorer Joseph Simcox, who will speak on worldwide plant diversity and his latest project Gardens Across America. This event is open to all – from the seasoned heirloom seed collector to those new to the world of gardening. If you have seeds to share, swap or sell, please bring them. No seeds? No problem, just come and enjoy. For further information regarding the swap, schedule of presentations and workshops, please visit www.CentralMichiganSeedSwap.com. Free. Donations are welcome.
11:30 am Bee Keeping 101 with Karen Thurlow – Learn the basics of beekeeping in this fun and informative workshop. Karen owns Seed to Table Farm and has been providing naturally grown produce to Midland County since 2011. She learned beekeeping from her father Vern who has cared for bees for over thirty years! They currently maintain more than 60 hives throughout the county!
12:30 pm Hand Pollination Techniques with Pennie and Sarah Tomac, owners of Tomac Pumpkin Patch located just south of Chesaning, MI. They specialize in growing unusual and unique squash from all over the world, some of which aren’t even available in seed catalogs! In this workshop you will learn about saving seeds from cucurbits (melon, squash, pumpkin, cucumber) and keeping them pure using hand pollination, isolation and other techniques.
1:30 pm Soil and How to Nurture It with Dan Draves. Dan has been growing organically since 1984 and understands the important role that healthy soil has in the garden. A Master Gardener for over thirty years, Dan is also a regular contributor for the Midland Daily News where he shares stories from his gardens and answers questions sent in by readers. Learn about maintaining healthy soil and even learn how to make Dan’s homemade potting mix for seedlings!
3:00 pm Feature Presentation: World-renowned Botanical Explorer Joseph Simcox
Joseph will speak on worldwide plant diversity and his latest project Gardens Across America. Joseph is a World Food Plant Ecologist and Ethnobotanist and has traveled to over 100 countries to identify the world’s food plant resources focusing on under-utilized crops and wild species.