Thank you everyone for another great exchange! It was fun showing everyone my worms, hopefully I've inspired some of you who haven't started one yet to do so. Elaine was our lucky winner who got to bring the finished bin home, take care of my babies Elaine! We had a lot of great starter plants including beautiful bell peppers and tomatoes, succulents, fennel, kale, and borage to name a few. Now that it's warming up we are starting to see some more harvest, we had beets, greens, cabbage, squash, and eggs too! Exciting to see how our exchanges are evolving with the seasons. Looking forward to the surprises from the season at the next exchange! Feel free to suggest meetup ideas to me via email if there are topics you would like to discuss, learning experiences, etc. I am going to start to separate those type of events from the exchanges for the height of the growing season to stay a little more focused since the group is getting larger. Also, we discussed a bit about using the message board to exchange between meetups. I've changed the format there to forums with a forum to exchange. That way if you know you are going to miss a exchange you can still get involved, and swap those extras for something you need!
Happy growing and swapping everyone,
I started this group last year as a way for my family to connect with others that had an interest in growing their food, and swapping tips and extra harvest. It has grown much more than I could have imagined and is now a great community of local gardeners!
SPHE growers get together to support each other in our community and to encourage more people to grow food, raise chickens, preserve, and of course cook. We are like-minded people in the area that meet, share experiences, and learn from each others strengths and weaknesses. We exchange knowledge, fruits, veggies, seeds, cuttings, gear, labor for land use, and buy in bulk. We gather to swap, and potluck, and to learn more about interest related subjects from experts. We also are helping to start a community garden in South Pasadena. You do not have to have a garden to be part of this group, just an interest in growing food and building a supportive community around you!