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Grassroots Grocery holding seed swap for gardeners, farmers


From Illinois Business Journal news services

ALTON – The public is invited to the second spring River Bend Seed Swap from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at Grassroots Grocery, 415 Ridge St.

The free event allows farmers and gardeners to meet and exchange quality seeds, seedlings, cuttings and bulbs.

Demonstrations will be given throughout the day on topics such as seed saving and hydroponic gardening, and kids will enjoy a “seed mosaic” art project. Organizers are working with Senior Services Plus, Inc. to offer a variety of sandwiches and wraps for purchase.

For the second year in a row, this Seed Swap is being organized by Sierra Club’s local food intern, Dana Wynn. Wynn’s SIUE research topic is sustainability and urban gardening in the Greater Alton area. Wynn is implementing free events for the general public and for 10 “Green Teams” that will participate in a several-month-long project.

The remaining, free workshops are: March 12, a lily transplant party at the Historic Koenig House at Fourth and Oak streets, Alton, 9 a.m. to noon); and a May date to be determined for a seed-saving workshop at the Hayner Library Alton Square Mall Branch.

For more information, visit (or Facebook) or contact Christine Favilla at (618) 401-7870 or; or Sara McGibany at or (618) 463-1016.

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