Share the Seed: Community Seed Swap

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Thank you for your interest in our first Community Seed Swap. Please click here to let us know that you intend to come and which seeds you intend to bring!

Come to our Community Seed Exchange  Share the Seed May14-page-001

According to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast by Marie Iannotti, May is a great month to plant sweet potatoes, beans, broccoli raab, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melon, okra, pumpkin, rutabaga, and squash.

Bring your well-labeled seeds with growing instructions as well as empty containers to bring home your newly acquired seeds. Informal, easy-going get-together. Swap, Learn and Share! Contests and prizes.

Please do not bring:
1. seed you’ve collected from hybrid plants, as it won’t grow true to type.
2. If the seeds are older than 2-4 years old, they may not be viable. Some seeds (onions, leeks, parsnips, celery, spinach, salsify) are only good for a year unless stored especially well.
3. And of course, please do not bring any GMO seed.

No seed? No problem! Come, learn, and go home with some seeds to sow.

Here’s what you can expect:

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Choosing the Right Organic Bedding

by Dennis Hornick

After a long, stressful day, a good night of sleep helps unwind the body and decompress from the day. Sleeping on an organic mattress—with clean, natural materials versus synthetic—can provide a healthier and more comfortable night’s rest. Here’s how to convert to an organic bedroom.

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5 Better Eating Resolutions

Why It’s Good Your New Year’s Diet Failed

by Christine Marston

As the diet industry gets larger and wealthier, people struggle more than ever with eating issues and weight problems. Why do we feel so out of control and fraught with angst around food, when eating should be instinctual and natural? Reconnect eating with physiological hunger by making these better lifetime resolutions for eating.

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Veg-e Systems

Feeding the Community Using Hydroponic Farming

by Michelle Bense

Dennis Riling & Tim Sulzer

Dennis Riling & Tim Sulzer

When former Marine Dennis Riling started farming in Pipersville a few years ago, he was raising chickens, goats and more vegetables than he could harvest and sell at his roadside stand. For help, Riling turned to Tim Sulzer—a fellow student at Delaware Valley College with experience in organic and conventional farming. Together, with a focus on developing more efficient growing methods, the two founded Veg-e Systems.

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Spring Cleaning to Soothe Allergies

by Jamie Lober

Itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headaches—millions are plagued by allergies each year. “Pennsylvania is a pretty bad area because it is very fertile with a lot of grass and trees,” says Dr. Susan Broderman, internal medicine physician at Doylestown Hospital. While outside triggers such as grasses, trees and weeds are hard to avoid, there are things that can be done to safeguard the home and make it a healthier place for allergy sufferers.

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Overcoming Dental Fear with Dr. DiGiallorenzo

by Phil Gutis

Just as a house can’t be built on an unstable foundation, good overall health cannot be achieved if a part of the body is diseased. This is particularly true when it comes to oral health, and is the reason the professionals at the Lanap & Implant Center of Pennsylvania take a whole-body, holistic approach to dental treatment.

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Using Thermography to Evaluate Breast Health

by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

Seeking to promote breast health while minimizing radiation and discomfort for women, family physician Andrew Lipton, owner of Narberth Family Medicine, added thermography to his already unique family practice in April 2011. “It was actually my wife’s influence. She told me she thought it was crazy to use yearly radiation on the breast when it is one of the contributors to developing cancer. We discovered thermography and felt it was a necessary addition to our practice,” says Lipton.

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DelVal Offers Leg Up in Sustainable Agriculture Careers

DelVal NB - Brandon Barnhart

Brandon Barnhart, student in the Organic Certification Program

Delaware Valley College, in Doylestown, will hold a free food systems lecture from 6 to 7:30 p.m., April 15, at the college’s Mandell Science Building. The lecture, offered through the college’s Food Systems Institute, will focus on food safety and security and is open to the public.

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Large and Small Weekly Shares Offered by Living Hope Farm CSA

Living Hope Farm, a nonprofit, community supported agricultural farm (CSA) in Harleysville, offers large and small shares for its summer growing season. Both large and small shares are available for weekly pickup. The farm produces chemical free, locally grown fruits and vegetables to its CSA members and operates a public, indoor farm market from May to November.

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Roots to River Farm CSA Offers Vegetables and Flowers

Summer shares are now available for the Roots to River Farm community supported agriculture (CSA) program in New Hope. Full and half shares are offered to area residents in a program running from June through October.

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Endless Bounty Dynamic CSA Partners with Silver Lake Nature Center

The Endless Bounty Dynamic community supported agriculture (CSA) program will be partnering with the Silver Lake Nature Center, in Bristol, this spring. The program is coordinated by Guzikowski Farm, which will source from itself as well as other local farms each week. To ensure a share, members are asked to sign up by April 10.

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Pennridge Wellness Center Holds Open House

The Pennridge Wellness Center will celebrate ten years in Bucks County with an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 12, in Blooming Glen. The event will showcase a sampling of the services the center offers and provide attendees with a chance to meet the owner and doctors.

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