Tahoe Food Hub hosting seed sale from local growers
June 2, 2015
The Tahoe Food Hub is hosting a Seed and Seedling Sale at its Farm Shop on Friday, June 5, from 1-6 p.m.
The sale at 150 Alpine Meadows Road will feature seeds and plant starts from local backyard gardeners in Tahoe, the Growing Dome at the Tahoe Food Hub's Sierra Agroecology Center and Sierra Foothill farmers.
"Come celebrate regional agriculture and get your gardening tips, seeds, and seedlings from local growers working hard to build a better food system for our community," according to a Tahoe Food Hub press release.
Event partners will include representatives from Slow Food Lake Tahoe, Sierra Agroecology Center, Truckee backyard gardeners and Sierra Seeds.
During the sale, local seasonal food will be available at the Farm Shop, and the event will wrap with an inspiring talk at 5:30 p.m. with Rowen White, owner of Sierra Seeds Coop.
White will give a 20-minute presentation about the seed coop she runs in the Sierra Foothills with local growers, as well as seed saving and seed sourcing.
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"Our mission is to offer a diverse selection of local, organic seeds that thrive in our unique Northern California mountain foothills," White said. "Locally adapted seeds are at the foundation of any durable and resilient food system. By sowing our seeds you are 'Seeding the Local Revolution.'"
Our short growing season makes gardening in Tahoe a challenge. The purpose of Tahoe Food Hub's Sierra Agroecology Center is to help people explore the growing potential of the Sierra.
By using cold weather techniques and taking advantage of Tahoe's 280 days of sunlight, we can directly impact our food security by growing food locally in the mountains.
The Seed and Seedling Sale will empower individuals to start or continue a backyard or deck top garden.
"Growing your own vegetables is one of the best ways to get connected to your food," says Tahoe Food Hub Executive Director Susie Sutphin. "Once you grow your own food, you gain a deeper understanding for how important healthy food is for our body and our environment."
This article was submitted by Tahoe Food Hub, a nonprofit organization working to restore local, food distribution by building a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe. Visit tahoefoodhub.org to learn more.