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One Seed, One Community Cambridge


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  • One Seed One Community Cambridge

Beth and Emma, Preston | February 1, 2020

Did you know that you can get seeds from Idea Exchange for your garden? You can! Three years ago, we launched our Idea Exchange, Preston Seed Library.

Now, we have more exciting news.

Four community organizations (Idea Exchange, rare Charitable Research Reserve, Seeds of Diversity, and Cambridge Self Help Food Bank) are coming together to provide a community initiative where everyone can participate and enjoy!

One Seed, One Community will unite the Cambridge and North Dumfries community in the shared experience of growing nutritious food and saving seeds. The ‘Provider’ bean has been selected as the seed for the 2020 planting season and is being distributed for free to members of our community. By joining in this program participants will have the opportunity to learn and participate in a full circle growing process – planting and caring for a plant, harvesting and preparing food, donating excess crop to our local Food Bank and saving seeds to share and/or use in future growing seasons.

How does it work?

  1. Get seeds (for free!) at our OSOC Launch Party at Idea Exchange, Preston, on February 22, 2020, or throughout the Spring at participating organizations. 
  2. Plant your seeds, water, and watch them grow.
  3. Harvest.
  4. Learn! Watch for OSOC related events throughout the year, such as Seed Saving with Bob Wildfong of Seeds of Diversity on March 11, 2020, and other events brought to you by our partners.
  5. Eat, save, and donate. Preston Idea Exchange Seed Library and Cambridge Self Help Food Bank Seed Library would gratefully accept seed donations, and Cambridge Self Help Food Bank will also be thrilled to accept fresh harvested green beans.

For more information about the OSOC Cambridge seed chosen this year, the ‘Provider Bean’, click here.

For more information about the OSOC Cambridge Launch Party on Feb 22, 2020, click here.

rare’s free Provider Bean Planting Workshop on June 3 has been cancelled.

For more information about our community partners for this initiative, feel free to browse their websites:

rare Charitable Research Reserve

Seeds of Diversity

Cambridge Self Help Food Bank