Nacogdoches group promoting permaculture with Seed Swap

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Gardeners and people wanting an introduction to growing tasty vegetables or pretty flowers will gather tomorrow in Nacogdoches for a Seed Swap.

When Theron Beaudreau takes a walk in his garden he usually comes back with seeds.

"I didn't get a chance to harvest this cauliflower in time, so now this is going to seed," Beaudreau said.

Which will be collected, placed in a jar and stored until with all the rest he's collected along the way.

"Tree nuts," Beaudreau said. "Pecans. Burr Oak. Chestnuts. This is a whole mix of different seeds for the seed swap."

A seed swap is where gardeners share their seeds and go home with new ones.

"It's really best to find things that have been grown by your neighbors, by your community and those varieties you know are going to be well adapted to this environment," Beaudreau said.

Resilient Nacogdoches and Earth Care Ministry are promoting the idea of regenerative agriculture, also called permaculture.

"It's not in all straight rows," Beaudreau said.

Instead plants and even animals and birds grow together in a more natural design.

Following the seed swap a film will show how permaculture works just about anywhere for a more sustainable community design.

"From urban roof top gardens in New York City all the way to 120 acres plus full production agriculture," Beaudreau said.

The Seed Swap may sprout in Nacogdoches. A different way of thinking about food supply.

The Seed Swap is Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Austin Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. No seeds to share? A $2 donation will get you four seed envelopes.

The film, "Inhabit:A Permaculture Perspective," will be shown after the swap at 3 p.m. It's all free.

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