Celebrate International Year of Pulses and Save the Date: BASIL Annual Seed Swap Set for 3/18/16

20160210seedswapmandala2016 is the international year of pulses, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. What’s a pulse? The dried seed of a plant in the legume family – so your favorite dried beans, dried peas, lentils, and chickpeas are all part of the pulse club. As legumes, pulses are not only an important food source all over the world, they are also a favorite of seed savers. They are easy to grow, help fix nitrogen in the soil, and have an amazing diversity, so everyone can cultivate their own favorite bean, pea, or lentil. Check out this infographic from the FAO for more reasons to love pulses!

Celebrate your favorite pulses, and swap seeds with others at the popular Annual Seed Exchange hosted by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL)! Come learn about seed libraries, swap home-grown garden seeds, share a potluck supper, enjoy music and the company of fantastic local gardeners and earth stewards. This event will take place on Friday, March 18 from 7-9 PM.

Cost: Free if you bring food and seeds to share OR suggested donation of $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Location: Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709 — at Bonita Ave, one block east of MLK Way & three blocks west of Shattuck Avenue. Wheelchair accessible via the ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the building.

Co-sponsored by the BASIL, a project of the Ecology Center, Transition Berkeley, and BFUU’s Social Justice Committee.

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