By Molly Beverly
Have you ever wanted to grow your own tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes or zucchini? Would you like to improve your vegetable gardening skills? Would you like a room full of experts to answer your veggie questions?
Are you thinking I’m nuts for bringing this up mid-winter? No! Because it’s time to start planning for spring.
Seed Mania! will help you plan for a great garden season. It’s a free event on Saturday, February 23, where you’ll be able to pick up the seeds, advice, information and supplies needed to grow your own food this summer.
You’ll be able to buy seed for the ten easiest food plants to grow at bulk prices (cheap!) from beans to zucchini. Local home gardeners will offer their own tried and true seed saved from their own most successful gardens. And Terroir Seeds of Chino Valley (“From the soil to the seed to the food you eat”) will be selling their line of heritage seeds. All seeds offered at Seed Mania! will be open pollinated and non-GMO.
Seed Mania! is more than just seeds. You can get advice, tools and supplies from master gardeners, home growers, farmers, Yavapai College instructors, community gardeners, and local businesses. And there will be worms from Natural Wonders worm farm with information on vermiculture.
You’ll find information on healthy eating, fruit trees, building soil, organic fertilizers, garden design, weed, pest and disease control plus educational and learning opportunities from school and community gardens.
Bring your kids to the hands-on kids-of-all-ages learning corner brought to you by the garden programs at Skyview and Mountain Oak Elementary, Orme School, Prescott College and Zoolittles.
Seed Mania! will jump start your adventure in growing food and improve your gardening skills. All events are free. Seed Mania! is sponsored by Slow Food Prescott and Mountain Oak School.
For more information contact prescottAZ@slowfoodusa.org.
1-4 p.m. Saturday, February 23
Mountain Oak School, 1455 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott, AZ 86301
All events are free.
- 1 p.m. Seeds–The Basics: Jennie Wolfe, Garden Manager Orme School
- 2 p.m. Starting–Germination and Care, Earl Duque, Delicious Earth Farm
- 3 p.m. Seedlings–Planting, Care & Maintenance: Justin Brereton, Yavapai College
- 1-4 p.m. Seed exchange and sale, Bring cash. Credit cards not accepted
Chef Molly Beverly is Prescott, Arizona’s creative food activist and teacher. As Prescott College Food Service Director and Chef for 9 years, she built the food service into a showcase of sustainable, educational, and tasty food. As Chair of Slow Food Prescott, she champions school gardens and sustainable food education. IMAGES: “Molly Beverly with sunflowers and friends.” And “Growing winter squash, corn, and beans” Courtesy photos By Gary Beverly.