Seedling Swap this Saturday!

Overloaded with onions? Have piles of peas? Strained by squash? Bring seedlings and your extra fruit and vegetable plants to share at the DC State Fair’s annual seedling swap at Eastern Market on June 7th from 11am to 1pm.

2012 DC State Fair Seedling Swap

Swappers check the seedlings on offer at the 2012 Seedling Swap.

Bring your seedlings and “swap” them with other gardeners to get rid of your extras and gain different seedling varieties. If you have extra crops growing in your garden that you’d like to get rid of, put ‘em in pots and bring them to the Swap. We’ll even have some empty mini-pots available at the event for anyone who needs to transplant plants from buckets/flats.

Participants should plan to drop off seedlings and other plants between 11am and 11:30am at our tent, on 7th and C Streets SE. The first swap round will begin at11:30am. All varieties are welcome, including herbs, vegetables, and fruits. The swap is free to participate. Wondering what to bring to the swap? Check out this list from last year’s swap!

If you don’t have seedlings or transplants to trade, stop by our tent to purchase them from Three Part Harmony Farm.

Find out more on our Facebook page.

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What to bring to a seedling swap

woman in scuba gearOveralls? A prom dress? Scuba gear? Sure, wear ‘em all. It’s not so much about how you gussy up for the DC State Fair Seedling Swap, but what you bring.

Here’s what we suggest:

Seedlings you’ve grown or bought (although if you don’t have any, you are still very welcome to come!), labeled with at the very least plant name and variety (growing info would be great, too!)

Some tips to share about how to grow the seedlings you’re bringing

1 cardboard box or tray big enough to hold at least 4 to 6 seedlings–bring several in case you walk home with more

1 notebook to record ideas, stash instructions on building a raised bed, and jot down the contact info of your new gardener friends

Your phone with camera and Twitter to share the event using the #seedlingswap hashtag

1 Rubbermaid-style 5-gallon plastic bin to make a worm bin

1 old shoe to grow a sunflower

Cash for contributions and purchasing unique seedlings and plant starts (ginger, turmeric, and more!) from Three Part Harmony Farm

Questions? E-mail us. See you there!

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New board members!

We are pleased to welcome seven new members to the DC State Fair Board of Directors for 2014 to 2016:

Torrance Anderson

Paola Bernacchi

Eric Firnhaber

Abigail Massey

Christine Perez

Kim Sheridan

Anna Tauzin

Congratulations on your new posts!

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Final day to apply for the Board!

The deadline to apply for the DC State Fair Board of Directors is TODAY! Submit your application by midnight to join our creative, fun, and hardworking volunteer team. It’s a great opportunity to hone those leadership skills and get to know your community.

Find everything you need to know about the position and the DC State Fair itself, and feel free to email with questions.

To apply, please e-mail your resume, a letter of intent, and, if you’d like, one or two supporting documents (e.g. a recommendation letter, documentation of your community involvement, a poetic ode to the Fair) to info[at]thedcstatefair.org.

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Apply for the DC State Fair board. Deadline 1/15!

DC State Fair flag logoThe deadline to apply for the DC State Fair Board of Directors is coming up! Submit your application now to join our creative, fun, and hardworking volunteer team.

Find everything you need to know about the position and the DC State Fair itself, and feel free to email with questions.

To apply, please e-mail your resume, a letter of intent, and, if you’d like, one or two supporting documents (e.g. a recommendation letter, documentation of your community involvement, a poetic ode to the Fair) to info[at]thedcstatefair.org. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.

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Apply to join the DC State Fair Board of Directors!

If you are a fan of the DC State Fair, you now have a chance to get to know us even better!

We are seeking three to four new members of the Board of Directors. If you have experience with nonprofit management, event planning, organizational development, website development, Spanish translation, or you have a knack for fundraising, deep roots in the District, a community development and engagement background, or just a passion to bring agricultural, culinary, and arts education to the community to develop and encourage neighborly showcasing of talent and competition, then we want you to apply.

We are seeking a mix of folks who can leverage their skills and connections to make the fifth annual DC State Fair the best yet! Read on for more information. Continue reading

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There are still seeds for your library at the library.

Thank you to D.C. Public Library Librarian David Quick for this guest post.

Mia Hayes-Hawkins demonstrates seed-saving techniques. Photos by Danita Delaney.

Above and below, right: Mia Hayes-Hawkins demonstrates seed-saving techniques. Photos by Danita Delaney.

Here at the Southeast Library, we had great fun hosting Fair-related programs. Leading up to the fair, we helped competitors write poetry and plan their bike accessories. And on the day of the fair, there were seed savers and solar cookers gathered in our garden learning new skills. In fact, we still have a bunch of seeds leftover from the swap that followed demonstration.

Sweet Plant Nation Seed Saving TalkSo if you’re still planning out next year’s garden, stop by the library or email me. We have a beautiful mix of seeds here that you can peruse while browsing the latest novels.

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