SEED EXCHANGE 2018 SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED


HERE ARE THE SPEAKERS FOR THE UPCOMING WASHINGTON GARDENER SEED EXCHANGES 2018. SEED EXCHANGE ATTENDEES TRADE SEEDS, EXCHANGE PLANTING TIPS, HEAR EXPERT SPEAKERS, AND COLLECT GOODY BAGS FULL OF GARDENING TREATS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EXCHANGES AND HOW TO REGISTER, GO HEREhttp://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2017/12/seed-exchange-registration-now-open.html.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 AT BROOKSIDE GARDENS, WHEATON, MD

"Planning and Organizing this Winter for Quicker Planting this Spring"

Grab a calendar, your seed packets, and a sharpened pencil! Right now is the perfect time to make your plans, prepare, and organize your seeds for a quick and easy garden progression. Learn what you can start indoors for later transplanting and what needs go straight into the garden in a few weeks. Kim will take you from spring into summer and straight through into fall planting and even give you a few hints on what to do if we get an unexpected cold snap.

Speaker: Kim Roman is a Square Foot Gardening Certified Instructor, trained by SFG creator, Mel Bartholomew and currently serves as the SFG Foundation’s Public Relations Director. In addition to SFG, Kim loves to teach other methods of small-space, organic vegetable gardening and works with schools, churches, homeless shelters, nursing homes, refugee centers, etc. to help them plan and implement their garden projects. Based in Glen Burnie, she’ll travel to your location for talks, classes, lunch & learns or consultations. Contact: sfgkimroman@yahoo.com or find her on Facebook at Square Foot Gardening 4 U. 

and

"Cool Season Cover Crops”

Where to source cover crop seeds, when/why to use them, and what varieties do best here in the Mid-Atlantic.

Speaker: Elizabeth Olson is a Maryland Certified Professional Horticultur­ist with the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association. She is also a Certified Judge with the Maryland Association of Agricultural Fairs & Shows. Her areas of expertise include Farm & Garden, Flowers & Plants, Vegeta­bles, Fruits & Nuts, Herbs & Vinegars, Food Preservation, and Photography. Elizabeth is the Edible Harvest columnist for Washington Gardener Magazine, for which she has written kitchen garden articles on topics ranging from garlic to Brussels sprouts. She belongs to GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators and has made presentations on various subjects such as getting ready for spring, planting schemes, and how to prepare entries for the county fair to garden groups and Master Gardeners since 2008.

and a bonus mini-session:

“Quick Seed Saving Tips”

A primer of how to save, store, and label seeds from various plants.

Speaker: Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine, based in the Washington, DC region. A life-long gardener, Kathy believes that growing plants should be stress-free and enjoyable.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT GREEN SPRING GARDENS, ALEXANDRIA, VA

“Introduction to Local Vertical Farming”

Vertical Farming uses stackable growing containers and community-based farming to activate underused urban spaces, including rooftops, balconies, abandoned lots, or front yards. This session covers using vertical farming methods for higher yields, selecting to most suitable varieties for vertical growing, nutrient management, integrated pest management, and harvest techniques.

Speaker: Niraj Ray founded Cultivate the City (CTC) in 2015 to inspire healthy and sustainable living by empowering local communities with the tools, training and resources for urban agriculture and vertical farming. CTC currently manages over 25 locations around DC, including a rooftop farm at the Washington Nationals Stadium, 4 school gardens, Gallaudet University's school farm and a rooftop retail garden center with a 500 sq ft. hoophouse featuring vertical aquaponic systems. In 2017, CTC cultivated and distributed more than 8000 lbs of produce- food grown by CTC provides for a 45+ member CSA, restaurant sales, cooking classes and community festivals with their school gardens.  Niraj holds a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from the Ohio State University and a M.S. in Integrated Environmental Science from Bethune-Cookman University. He is a 2013 National Wildlife Federation Emerging Leader Fellow and formerly worked with the US EPA - Office of Water.

and

“Providing Blooms Year-Round for Honey Bees”

Planning and planting flowers all months of the year to provide for honeybee pollen and nectar. Year-round blooms will be make your garden a true pollinator habitat.

Speaker: Elizabeth Olson is a Maryland Certified Professional Horticultur­ist with the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association. She is also a Certified Judge with the Maryland Association of Agricultural Fairs & Shows. Her areas of expertise include Farm & Garden, Flowers & Plants, Vegeta­bles, Fruits & Nuts, Herbs & Vinegars, Food Preservation, and Photography. Elizabeth is the Edible Harvest columnist for Washington Gardener Magazine, for which she has written kitchen garden articles on topics ranging from garlic to Brussels sprouts. She belongs to GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators and has made presentations on various subjects such as getting ready for spring, planting schemes, and how to prepare entries for the county fair to garden groups and Master Gardeners since 2008.

and a bonus mini-session:

“Quick Seed Saving Tips”

A primer of how to save, store, and label seeds from various plants.

Speaker: Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine, based in the Washington, DC region. A life-long gardener, Kathy believes that growing plants should be stress-free and enjoyable.

For more information on the exchanges and how to register, go here: http://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2017/12/seed-exchange-registration-now-open.html. .

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