Seed Swap and Dying Workshop

31 Jan

As we mentioned earlier, on Saturday LACE (with the Barre Community Garden at Metro Way and Barre Food FIRST!) hosted a seed swap as part of the National Seed Swap Day, always the last Saturday in January.  We also put on a community meal full of hearty local food.  Many of the seeds were donated by High Mowing Organic Seeds, but there was also a good supply of saved seed from local farmers and gardeners.  A great selection, and a wonderful hint that spring really is on its way (eventually), and we can start growing things once again!

Joann Darling also put on a wonderful workshop on using dying wool with plant dyes in the LCK.  So fascinating! I was taken by how many variations of color we are able to extract even from just one plant.  Joann had a booklet of samples of dyed wool and there was an incredible selection of almost any color you could want – deep reds, soothing and smoky blues, refreshing greens, and many version of yellow.  It really is true that colors originating in nature are more comforting.  Joann used three examples: onion skins, dried marigolds, and black walnuts, which all came out beautifully. The possibilities are endless!  Joann is creating a dyers garden at her company, the Garden of Seven Gables, and is starting an apprenticeship specifically focused on that garden.

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