Unbelievably, spring is just around the corner! As the ground thaws, it is time to start planting gardens and thinking about the joys of homegrown food. To prep you for the thaw, on Saturday, March 30at 4:30pm, join G.A.LA. and Carroll County Slow Food Chapter at the Ossipee Town Hall (55 Main Street, Center Ossipee) for a Seed Swap, Presentation by Master Gardener, Susan Poirier, and Community Contra Dance! Everyone is welcome to come for just part or all of this exciting, early-spring Saturday activity.
Seed swapping is a great way to save money, share seeds you can’t use, spread heirloom knowledge, meet your gardening neighbors and discuss local gardening tips. All seeds are welcome, but G.A.L.A. asks that people share seeds that are no more than 5 years old. Small envelopes will be provided for people to label and bring their seeds home. If you have started seedlings already, and find you have more “starters” than you need, feel free to bring those as well. Town Hall doors open at 4:30 pm with the first hour dedicated to gathering, exchanging seeds, and conversing about personal growing and cultivation tips.
At 5:30 pm, Susan Poirier, a certified Master Gardener through the UNH Cooperative Extension program, will speak about the establishment of the Wolfeboro Food Pantry Garden and share some helpful “green thumb” tips and tricks. Susan has been a Master Gardener since 2002, has been on the steering committee of the Wolfeboro Food Pantry Garden since its inception in 2007, is a retired English teacher (middle and high school), an avid gardener, reader, and knitter. After Susan’s presentation there will be more time to share and swap seeds, as well as enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by the Carroll County Slow Food Group.
At 7:00 pm the G.A.L.A. Contra Dance will start, featuring Tuftonboro’s own Briar Hill Band! The cost of the dance is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children under 14, with $1 discount for G.A.L.A. members. All ages and abilities are welcome, and the first dances are designed for beginners to learn.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved in the new Carroll Country Slow Food Chapter, please contact Nadine San Antonio at 539-6767. For questions about the seed swap or Contra Dance please call G.A.L.A. at 539-6460. Hope to see you there!