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New Brunswick Community Garden Coalition Seed Swap

By Francisco G. Gómez

Raíces Seed Swap

Liz and Nicole talking veggie stuff

Seeds, seed sowing workshop, bluegrass music, children’s garden painting and lots of veggie minded citizens came out today for the seed swap at the Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick. We set up our table right next to R.I.P.E. a Rutgers University student group that is dedicated to Permaculture, amongst other sustainable practices, and began to lay out our seeds, T-shirts, flyers and started up our Raíces garden pics slideshow on the Mac.

Gardener Ellen Rosner teaching winter seed sowing.

Gardener and community member Ellen Rosner teaching winter seed sowing.

The place was packed and it was truly a pleasure to see so much of the Mexican community present, as well as, many of our veggie growing friends like Gabby, Joe, Ellen, Theresa, Paul, Nathan and a few others. There were seeds everywhere and the place was bustling with questions and commentaries about all things that grow.

This is the third year that the seed swap has taken place and it seems that every year it grows more and more. In a time when issues of food, sustainability, conservation and the overall global environment seems to be on the minds of so many ecologically minded people, it is wonderful to share with community that is a part of this movement. If you didn’t make it out to this event, come out to the Raíces Eco-Culture Seed Swap on March 4th in Highland Park (flyer and more info here). Make sure you put these two events on your calendar every spring, and we hope to seed you there…happy growing!

Growing Community

Gabby Aron and children from the community painting garden mural “Growing Community”

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