SEEDS TO SHARE 2021

Happy New Year! 

Request Seeds for Your Garden: Seeds to Share 2021

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Seeds to Share will happen in February 2021! Local garden centers and national seed companies have generously donated seeds for community and school gardens in Guilford County.

For 2021, our Seeds to Share event will look different:

  • By January 31: Request seeds for your community or school garden through this form: https://go.ncsu.edu/seedrequest. So far only 3 gardeners have requested seeds!
  • Only fill out one form per garden -- please talk to your gardeners, or make your best guess about what everyone will need. Because all seeds are donated, we cannot guarantee your request -- but we'll do our best!
  • Volunteers will put together a bag of seeds for your garden. 
  • February 13-19: Pick up the seeds for your community or school garden from either the N.C. Cooperative Extension Guilford County office or the High Point Public Library. 

Do you have vegetable, herb, or flower seeds to share with other gardeners? Set up a time in January to share your seeds with Quina!

If you would prefer to talk to someone directly, call or email Quina Weber-Shirk, Community & School Garden Extension Agent at (336)525-6112 (cell) or jjwebers@ncsu.edu.

LET'S CONNECT!

Connections and Education for 2021: Share your input!

This year, I’ll set up monthly or bimonthly gatherings starting in February, one for school and youth gardeners, and another for community gardeners -- you’re welcome to attend both! This will be a peer-learning network (also called a professional learning community), to share resources and information, learn from each other, and bring in outside speakers.

Each gathering will follow a similar format, with 45 minutes for an educational topic and discussion and 45 minutes for community updates and peer to peer learning. These gatherings will be informal, so you can join and leave at any time.

I need your input! When would you prefer to meet? What topics most interest you? 

School & Youth Garden Connections for 2021: https://go.ncsu.edu/youthgarden2021!

Community Garden Connections for 2021: https://go.ncsu.edu/communitygarden2021


There are many more possible topics than we have time to cover! Which topics are priorities for you?

  • Supporting English language learners with garden education
  • Indoor growing opportunities
  • Growing in greenhouses
  • Social & emotional learning and mindfulness in the garden
  • In-person outdoor instruction/ education during COVID
  • Youth garden support for food pantries & food relief
  • COVID-friendly outdoor classroom infrastructure & design
  • Equity & access in garden education
  • Donating fresh produce to food pantries & food relief
  • Information about the Guilford Master Gardener Volunteer Program
  • Beekeeping in Guilford County
  • Permaculture Design
  • Accessible & inclusive gardening
  • Growing small fruits (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Therapeutic Gardening
  • State & national networks of community & school gardeners
  • Additional topics you want to learn more about in 2021!

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

January 14 - April 20: Spring Gardening Virtual Classes
Want to know how to get the most from your vegetable garden – or maybe just grow a few herbs and flowers? Want to have a nice lawn but spend less time and money on it? For 2021, the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers will be offering these classes available online to the public. Feel free to sign up for as many classes as you like! All classes will be held from 6–7 p.m. using Zoom.

This fifth annual FREE, and this year VIRTUAL, agricultural conference was designed to meet the economic and environmental needs of small farmers and beginning gardeners, as well as generate a positive impact by building connections between farmers, educators, and agriculture-related businesses. NC Agritunity is a collaborative effort between N.C. Cooperative Extension agents in Iredell, Alexander, Catawba, Rowan, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties.

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