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Crop Swap

August 22, 2011

Yesterday I went to Berkeley to partake in a crop swap organized by the Victory Garden Foundation and Transition Berkeley, both amazing organizations.  This is the first organized crop swap I have participated in and I enjoyed it thoroughly!  There was a great variety; Asian pears, lemon cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, lemons, limes, plums, lots of summer squash and tomatoes, a few peppers, various greens and a vast selection of herbs.  It was a great opportunity to talk to people about what they are growing, how they use it, what plants are doing well and which ones are struggling. Farming knowledge has been traditionally passed on this way – grower to grower, everything changing season to season, year to year.  We talked about different ways to use herbs and produce for culinary and medicinal purposes.  I got a chance to sample some herbs I have not tried before and am now looking forward to growing, anise hyssop & lovage will be in the garden next year for sure.  I had the opportunity to share some of the oregano bruja I got at the Nuestras Raices farm last year and have been keeping going using cuttings. I have been making a lovely salad dressing using it, lime juice, olive oil and hot peppers, perfect on a tomato, cuke, corn & pepper salad.  Everyone was so generous with their harvest, time and knowledge. What remained after we swapped was taken by Berkeley Gleaners to people in need.  A good day indeed.  Let me know if you have any thoughts about crop swaps – thanks.  Posted By:  Kristi Stephens Adams

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