If you'd like to plant a productive garden this spring, take some advice from the experts. On Saturday, Sustainable Berea will hold a Local Foods Expo at Old Town on North Broadway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A trolley will transport visitors from Old Town to the Berea College Farm Store and the Berea College gardens, where food and plants will be for sale. Activities at the train station in Old Town include an old-fashioned cake walk, with cakes made by Bereans, and a pie auction, with Kent Gilbert, pastor of Union Church, as auctioneer. Steve Parsley, a cutler with the Kilted Crow Knife and Tool Co., will sharpen tools; Shane Garver of Garver Farms will sell blueberry bushes; and Montgomery Farm and Garden, the Potting Shed, and Sticks and Stones will provide a range of plants, supplies and dirt for gardening.
Sustainable Berea also will be selling raised beds, native cedar lumber cut in planks ready for assembly for raised beds, rain barrels, and raw barrels for do-it-yourself barrels. Call (859) 893-4590.
The Sustainable Berea Seed Saving Project is partnering with the Madison County Public Library to provide free garden seeds. Patrons can receive the seeds, and they are asked to harvest seeds from the resulting plants and give it the library for others to use next year.
Seeds will be available at the Local Foods Expo.
"It is crucial to save our seeds, especially our heirloom varieties, as the industrial seed companies continue to produce GMOs (genetically modified seeds) which have negative health effects," project coordinator Pamela Corley Slowkowski said.
Anyone with a Madison County Library card may "check out" seeds. The library also has books on gardening and gardening tools that can be checked out, and it will offer classes on gardening topics this summer.
Call 859-985-1689 or email Info@sustainableberea.org or.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.