With stunning close-up photography (taken by JTEL vice-president Monique Musick) representing the various plant families hanging over tables overflowing with seed packets and containers of every sort, over 25 folks came out to browse JTEL’s catalog of seeds. Others traded seeds, while still others came by to listen to Brad and Christine St. Pierre of Goosefoot Farm speak about their trials and tribulations of starting and maintaining an organic family vegetable farm in the Interior. Even though half a foot of snow fell outside, those inside were thinking about what next to plant for the summer growing season.
If you missed the first one, you have one more opportunity to partake – next Saturday, March 4, from 1-5 at Hartung Hall in Ester will be Round II. Bring seeds to trade if you have ’em, otherwise stop by to get some to try out in your own garden. At 3:00 PM, Dr. Carol E. Lewis, Dean & Director Emerita of the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension and the Alaska Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station will be giving a presentation on the history of the Experiment Station in Alaska, so please stop by.
Special thanks to Monique Musick, Deirdre Helfferich and Amanda Bent for setting up and running the exchange, and Brad and Christine St. Pierre for their excellent presentation on Goosefoot Farms.