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'Seed Swaps' to make stop in Searcy
'Seed Swaps' to make stop in Searcy

CAAH! to Co-Sponsor Twelve Seed Swaps throughout Arkansas in Spring 2012

CONWAY, Ark. -- The University of Central Arkansas's Conserving Arkansas's Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!) project will host Seed Swaps around the state throughout the spring.

The event is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Sustainability Network, churches, garden coalitions, libraries, the Ozark Folk Center State Park, the Southern Seed Legacy, farmers and gardeners.

The participants in these swaps strive to conserve the heritage of Arkansas as they share good stories, beautify their yards, feed their friends and family and trading open-pollinated seeds. Participants are invited to bring open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds, bulbs, plants and stories to swap with other seed savers at any of the swaps. If you have no seeds to swap, but want to get started, come mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help.

The fifth annual Ozark Seed Swap at the Ozark Folk Center State Park will coincide with a cold frame construction workshop. The third annual Fayetteville Seed Swap will be hosted by the Dig In! Food and Farming Festival. The second annual Little Rock Seed Swap will be hosted by the Arkansas Sustainability Network in conjunction with the Little Rock Food Club pickup.

The second annual Hot Springs Seed Swap will be co-sponsored by the eminent Southern Seed Legacy and will be followed by a fundraiser film screening and musical performance for the Art Church and Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute and the second annual Eureka Springs Seed Swap will coincide with a CAAH! fundraiser featuring a film screening and live music by Mountain Sprout. The Communities of Ashdown and Yellville reached out to CAAH! to assist them in their efforts to establish  inaugural Seed Swaps which they foresee as annual events.

This year’s Seed Swap schedule:

*Yellville - Feb. 11, 1- 4 p.m., Fred Berry Conservation Education Center. Contact: Pamela Westerman at radiantwellness@aol.com or Katie Murray at erd0295@eritter.net.

* Mountain View - Feb. 18, 1- 4 p.m., Ozark Folk Center, Bois D'arc Conference Center, 1032 Park Ave. Contact Tina Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center, at Tina.Wilcox@arkansas.gov.

*Beebe/Searcy - Feb. 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., ASU-Beebe Farm. Contact Alicia Allen, Conway Urban Farming Project, amaallen2@gmail.com.

*Little River County - Feb. 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Ashdown Farmer's Market, 222 Frisco. Contact Clayton Castleman, Ashdown Farmer's Market, at ccastelman@arkansas.net.

*Russellville - Feb. 25, 10 a.m. – 1p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, Sutherland Hall, 501 South Phoenix . Contact Carolyn McLellan, Russellville Community Market at carolynmclellan@suddenlink.net.

*Conway - Feb. 26, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Faulkner County Public Library, 1900 Tyler Street. Contact Nancy Allen, Faulkner County Library at Nancy@fcl.org or 501-327-7482.

*Hot Springs - March 3, 3 -5 p.m., The Art Church Studio, 301 Whittington Ave. Contact The Art Church, artchurchorg@gmail.com or Southern Seed Legacy at James.Veteto@unt.edu.

*Jasper - March 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Newton County Library Community Room. Contact Jennifer Tapp, Newton County Library, Newtonark@yahoo.com.

*Fayetteville - March 3, 1 -4 p.m., Global Campus, 2 East Center Street, Fayetteville Square. Contact Katy Deaton, Fayetteville Community Gardening Coalition (FCGC) at fayettevillegardens@gmail.com.

*El Dorado - March 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Barton (El Dorado) Public Library, 200 East 5th Street. Contact Nancy Arn, Barton Public Library at narn@bartonlibrary.org.

*Eureka Springs - March 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Eureka Springs Carnegie Library. Contact Kate Zaker, Carnegie Library at info@eurekalibrary.org.

*Little Rock - March 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St. Contact Katy Elliott, Arkansas Sustainability Network at emailasn@gmail.com.

For more information on the CAAH! project, contact Dr. Brian Campbell at brianc@uca.edu or (501) 450-5477 or send questions to conservingarkansas@gmail.com.   Additional information is available at arkansasagro.wordpress.com  or https://www.facebook.com/pages/CAAH-Conserving-Arkansass-Agricultural-Heritage/185252044827615.