Saving seeds is gaining popularity among many groups. Organic farmers and seed enthusiasts have come together to educate people, and demonstrate the importance of saving seeds. Many varieties are being lost each year, due to the magnitude of genetically engineered seeds being produced and sold by large seed companies. According to the International Seed Saving Institute (ISSI), “We are on the verge of losing in one generation, much of the agricultural diversity humankind created in the last 10,000 years.” 
Santa Barbara Food Not Lawns is encouraging the community to think outside of the box when it comes to landscaping or planting a vegetable garden. Start your plants from seed and create your own sustainable garden sanctuary or enjoy the fulfilling process of growing your own food. Not only is this a rewarding experience, but also a step in the right direction for the future of our planet.
Save seeds and pass them on to friends and family and encourage them to do the same. Only in this way can we preserve heirloom seeds and guarantee a wide variety of specimens to be available for generations to come.
Last years’ Seed Swap was a huge success. Local groups and individuals set up tables in downtown Santa Barbara’s Alameda Park with an overwhelming supply of unique seeds and plant cuttings to be shared. The feeling in the air could best be described as empowering, due to the knowledge and enthusiasm present that afternoon.
Pine cone bird feeders were being constructed by the younger crowd, as well as “seed bombs” which consist of clay, organic compost, and seeds. When dry, these one inch balls are meant to be thrown into vacant lots or areas in which native plants are needed. The clay holds the mixture together and protects the seeds until the rains come. The rain then breaks down the clay and exposes the seeds and compost. By late spring these young plants have a chance to thrive and restore the landscape to what it once was, natural.
Join Santa Barbara Food Not Lawns again this year and support the people who make a difference in this community. Local musicians will be there to entertain, and participants always bring samples of goodies from their kitchens and gardens. Bring something to share!
Third Annual Santa Barbara Seed Swap
Saturday, January 29 • 11:00am – 3:00pm
Faulkner Gallery at Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E. Anapamu St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101
1. 1. International Seed Saving Institute http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi.html