The 11th Annual
San Luis Valley Seed Exchange will be held at
Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa.
You are invited to the San Luis Valley Seed Exchange! The 11th annual event will be held on April 17th and 18th from 9am – 4pm at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa.
The SLV Seed Exchange is a community event focused on cultivating sustainability in the San Luis Valley. This year’s theme is Food Sovereignty, Storage & Security. There will be a two day speaker series on this topic, including individual speakers, panel discussions, and project updates from local community members who are working to help make our valley more sustainable. Some of the speakers include:
Aaron Perry – Y On Earth: Biodynamic Restoration & Healing
Addelina Lucero – SLV Local Foods Coalition: Seeds are our Past, Present & Future
Melinda Bateman – Morning Start Farm: Preserve & Store your Fruits & Veggies
Chris Pieper – Flourish Farms: Optimizing Diversity on Small Farms
Micah Roseberry – Growing Community Now: Food Security in Rural Areas
With Forums on “What is Food Sovereignty and Why Should I Care” and “Making Money as a Small Producer”, as well as updates from the community, including from High Grounds Garden, Miss Penn’s Seed Vault, Crestone Mercantile, Heart of Saguache, Crestone Garden Group, Cho Ku Rei, White Mountain Farm, Rio Grande Farm Park, Crestone Energy Fair, and more.
There will be limited seating to watch the presentations in person, and participate in audience questions. You can view the presentations virtually via livestream on SLVSeedExchange.com, or on the Facebook page of Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa. The speaker presentations will also be recorded, and can be viewed after the event in high resolution video on SLVSeedExchange.com or the YouTube channel of the Crestone Energy Fair, who is partnering with the Seed Exchange this year.
Visit the vendor tent. Booths from local vendors will be located in and next to a large, outdoor tent. Vendors include Sol Mountain Farm, SLV Local Foods Coalition, Growing Spaces, InfiniTeaFarm, Sunflower Station, Nola Naturals, and many more. Mandala Pizza will also be selling delicious food from their food truck, and there will be door prizes available.
And, of course, bring your seeds to share! The large community seed swap table is a tradition at the event. Bring seeds to give away and pick up new ones to plant for spring. Do not bring any cannabis seeds. The event does not allow any seeds, plants, food, etc. above .03% THC.
The entire event is free to the public, although donations are greatly appreciated. The event does not make any money, and all proceeds of the event will be donated to the Moffat Pk-12 Greenhouse Program. The event is fueled by our sponsors, who generously donate to make the SLV Seed Exchange possible!
The Moffat Preschool has been enjoying their greenhouse this year! At the beginning of the school year, the children had the opportunity to check in on some of the plants, fruits, and vegetables that were already growing. At the end of February, the greenhouse was made ready for new planting to occur, and since that time, the Preschoolers have gotten to plant radishes and snow peas, and have made predictions about what they think will happen to the seeds and plants as they sprout and grow. More planting is planned for the remainder of the Spring, and the goal is to show the Preschoolers how food gets to our tables: from planting the seeds, caring for the plants, and harvesting them. We are so grateful to the SLV Seed Exchange for their support of this program and what it means for our Preschoolers. It has been a wonderful way to remind our kids how to connect with and care for our planet Earth.~ Ashley Hurst, Director of the Moffat Preschool Program
If you would like to help the event as a volunteer or sponsor, please reach out to Joyful Journey Hot Springs at (719) 256-4328 and ask for Cherie.
See you on April 17th and 18th at the 11th Annual San Luis Valley Seed Exchange!