Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 Seed Sale is On!

It all starts with a seed...

Mindful Mothers is happy to offer these unique heirloom seeds from The Seed Savers Exchange again this year! Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to “preserving our diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations.” In other words, they collect, sell and propagate seed varieties that could be lost because they are not the (very limited) ones that are grown commercially on a large scale and thus found in supermarkets.

For every $10 collection of seeds purchased, $4.00 is donated to Mindful Mothers! The other $6.00 goes to the ongoing preservation work at Heritage Farm.

"The SEEDS TO GROW fundraising program benefits [Mindful Mothers] and the gardening public by promoting heirloom gardening and healthy eating.

"The market for heirloom seed has expanded as millions of gardeners break ground every year. The topic of food - how its grown and prepared, who grows it, and its connections to wellness - is foremost in many peoples minds.

"Selling heirloom seeds can cultivate curiosity in gardening, history, nutrition, biodiversity, organics, and the culinary arts. The education possibilities are endless."

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A few reasons why we love SSE:
- All of their seeds are heirloom, non-GMO, open pollinated, and many are certified organic.
- At the heart of Seed Savers Exchange are dedicated members who have distributed hundreds of thousands of heirloom and open pollinated garden seeds. 
- Seed Savers Exchange collection started when the founders terminally-ill grandfather gave them the seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott's morning glory and German Pink tomato. Grandpa Ott's parents brought the seeds from Bavaria when they immigrated 1870s.

- In addition to preserving seeds, they preserve stories thereby preserving our cultural and historic roots as well. Here are a few great examples from their catalog:
  • “Queen Anne’s Pocket Melon: Has enchanted melon fanciers for centuries; gives off an unforgettable perfume. Victorian women carried these tiny melons in their pockets in the days before aerosol deodorants."
  • “Cheyenne Bush Pumpkins: Very early pumpkin adapted to the Great Plains. Developed from a cross of Cocozelle and New England Pie by the USDA Field Station in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1943.”
  • “Spinning Gourd: Sent to SSE by member Junior Gardener from Hickman County in Tennessee. Years ago children would carry these gourds in their pockets to play with at school where they would spin them on their desks. Hard shelled when dried, great ornamental.”
  • "Cherokee Trail of Tears Black Bean: Given to SSE in 1977 by the late Dr. John Wyche, SSE member from Hugo, Oklahoma. Dr. Wyche’s Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-1839), leaving a trail of 4,000 graves. Green 6 inch pods with purple overlay, shiny jet-black seeds."
To see the six seed collections available, or to place an order, go to our Support Page by clicking here!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

RECAP: January Playdate- Save, Share, Spend Banks

Thanks to all who came! We gathered at Laguna Lake Playground to talk about Saving, Sharing, and Spending on a super warm “Winter” day! The kids loved the playground, which is a really nice one if you’ve never been. We saw geese, ducks, and white pelicans in abundance. The kids all received Moonjars for the new year, and we talked about how to donate our Share bank funds from 2013. Special thanks to SESLOC Federal Credit Union for the generous donation of Moonjar banks. We have a few left if anyone is interested in teaching fiscal responsibility.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thank you Digital West!

Digital West is a local company which offers internet connectivity, server co-location and cloud services, among other things.  They graciously offered to host our email and domain for free, and we've been so grateful. Today they featured us both on their website and on their Facebook page!

Thanks so much to our friends at Digital West.  You are such a community-oriented business; if only all businesses were as involved and generous as you!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Recap: Apple Glean at SLO Creek Farms

Thanks to all who came to the apple farm to pick for the Food Bank’s GleanSLO program. The weather was lovely, and the kids seemed to have a great time gleaning! We picked over 500 pounds of apples which were distributed to families in need. In addition, the slightly blemished apples were used in applesauce canning workshops held throughout the county.

Jen Miller, the GleanSLO Program Manager, said it best: “We love it when kids begin to understand the journey of their food, whether it's knowing their farmer, how their food is grown or picking it themselves. This is how we strengthen and nurture relationships within our community and with the food we eat. When our neighbors are hungry, we all feel it. We belong to each other. Thank you for exposing your kids to this message and thank you for your support of the Food Bank and your commitment to making sure that everyone in our community has access to fresh, local food.”