Diario del proyecto MNSEED Native Plant Community Science Project

22 de octubre de 2021

Gratitude for All the Seed Saving: Gibbs Farm

We just wanted to take a moment to thank our community partners and highlight Gibbs Farm today. August, September and October were a whirlwind of in-person outdoor events where the MnSEED community and neighbors were able to gather, collect seed from some wonderful locations and practice the basics of seed processing. Here are some photos from our adventures at Gibbs Farm on 9/11/2021 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/9kPQfvQjapniSUy49) and then again on 9/25/2021 for Apple Fest(https://photos.app.goo.gl/eMMfR9E9aZ7qVs8X7). Our deepest gratitude to the staff and volunteers at Gibbs Farm(https://www.rchs.com/gibbs-farm/) for stewarding such a lovely and significant piece of Ramsey County and Minnesota history.

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11 de octubre de 2021

Time to submit your trades for the MN SEED Cyber Seed Swap!

After a season of identifying and collecting native seeds it is now time to start trading them.

This form (https://forms.gle/GtEEa2uJstFgQJ3ZA) will let MN SEED Cyber Seed Swappers know what species you have to share with other participants. MN SEED will send out a list of what is available from whom on October 18th to those that fill out the form. So please let us know what you have to share by October 17th. Then swappers will have from October 18th through November 12th to exchange seeds.

Please fill out the form for EACH of your seeds you want to make available. If you have a bunch there is an option to upload a spreadsheet at the bottom. Swap organizers will arrange the form submissions onto a shared list, and participants can connect individually with other swappers to make arrangements for a contactless exchange.

There is no minimum required amount of seeds or varieties needed to participate, just select the "I have no seeds to share but would like to receive seeds" option under the what you are interested in question.

Seeds do not need to be cleaned to participate, just indicate its status on the form. For quantity, a guess here is most important if you have very limited amounts so that swappers are not disappointed.

Don't forget to donate some of your unique or larger quantity seeds to your local seed library! Ask how if needed.

On November 12th we will be sending up a follow-up survey that you will need to respond to by the 16th to get the promo code to attend the "Growing Natives from Seed" webinar for Free (happening on November 18th at 6:30 pm - a recording will also be available if that day/time doesn't work for you).

If you have further questions, please contact mnseed@northerngardener.org
Happy Trading!

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28 de septiembre de 2021

MnSEED at Capitol Region Watershed District Headquarters for More Seed Collecting on 10/7

Yes the days are shortening but it's been a warm start to autumn and many native plants are setting seed a little later this year. Join us on Thursday 10/7 5-7 pm for more seed collecting and demonstrations on cleaning and preservation/storage at the CRWD complex, 595 Aldine. Saint Paul MN 55104. Thanks to Capitol Region Watershed District for generously sharing their campus with 20+ MnSEED participants and neighbors on 9/16. We collected many species that we've not found in other sites like Swamp Rose. Rachel Funk of CRWD also gave a tour of the grounds and buildings better illuminating what makes this such a specially designed system. Check out this album from the event (https://photos.app.goo.gl/EqT5MFDdVWJrVTPF9). Hope to see you on Thursday 10/7. Come early to make best use of the early evening light!

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MnSEED Native Plant Community Science Project in the News

Check out the September-October issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,(https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mcvmagazine/issues/2021/sep-oct/index.html) and you'll find an article titled "A Growing Movement" that delves into the importance of seed keeping in our region including the MnSEED Native Plant Community Science Project.
"This Year MN SEED also started the Native Plant Community Science Project, funded by a grant from the Capitol Region Watershed District, with the goal "to create a community of seed savers knowledgeable about saving seeds and sharing them." Participants increase and inventory native plants."
Thank you to writer Frank Bures, photographer Deborah Rose and the Minnesota DNR for creating such an in-depth look at the Minnesota seed sharing economy in all it's variety!

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24 de septiembre de 2021

MnSEED Project Membership Up!

September has brought a whirl of seed collecting activity and events to participants and more folks are joining the project learning to identify their plantings throughout the season and how to collect seed as plants are preparing for the long winter sleep.

So far in September we've collected 20+ species from 2 locations, Gibbs Farm and the Capitol Region Watershed District Headquarters, with more than 40 people joining in on the seed saving fun! Check out the album from Gibbs Farm on 9/11.(https://photos.app.goo.gl/9kPQfvQjapniSUy49) We'll be back there tomorrow during Apple Fest to demonstrate seed cleaning techniques. Hope to see you there! Thank you to everyone participating in the MnSEED Native Plant Community Science Project for adding your observations and sharing with our community! And our deepest gratitude to Capitol Region Watershed District for the partner grant that funds this work!

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15 de septiembre de 2021

MnSEED Seed Collecting at Capitol Region Watershed District Headquarters Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow at the Capitol Region Watershed District Headquarters in the Midway neighborhood to collect seed in this amazing setting! We'll meet at 5:30 to check out the many demonstration gardens that surround this climate forward building complex and collect ripe seed. We'll find plenty of little blue stem and other grasses, anise hyssop, prairie onion and others. At 6:30 there'll be an opportunity to tour the campus and see all the features that make this building and grounds resilient and climate forward featuring native plants. And for younger family members there's a fun scavenger hunt! Be sure to sign up at: https://mshs.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/mshs/event.jsp?event=432&. Free to CRWD residents and MnSEED participants. See you tomorrow!

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02 de septiembre de 2021

MnSEED Collection Event at Monarch City a Success

Fifteen people joined in on the seed saving adventure at Monarch City on August 26th. We had perfect weather and we were able to able to collect seed from 22 native species in this garden that marks the perimeter of the West Minnehaha Recreation Center's grounds. Installed over multiple years this garden is stewarded by Frogtown Green , a neighborhood volunteer driven organization and other community partners. These seeds will be available to MnSEED Native Plant Community Science Project participants later in the fall. Participants were also able to gather seed for their own gardens as well. We followed suggested guidelines like only taking 20% of the ripe seed and labeling labeling labeling.
Check out this link to the photo album from the event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pzXFQJxsTEDaqGDXA
See you on 9/11 for the next MnSEED seed collecting event at Gibbs Farm!

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22 de agosto de 2021

MnSEED Seed Collecting Event at Monarch City Reminder

West Minnehaha Recreation Center
685 Minnehaha Ave. W. 55104
8/26/2021 9:30am-11:30am
Gather at Monarch City, the award winning native garden at West Minnehaha Recreation Center to explore this busy 500 linear feet of pollinator oasis where endangered species have been sited. We’ll have information on how to identify ripe seed pods and heads and how to responsibly collect seed. This event is free to MnSEEDers and residents of the CRWD service area. Don’t forget to sign up at: https://mshs.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/mshs/eventRegistration.jsp?event=430
Residents of the CRWD service area and MnSEED participants use MNSEED (all caps, one word) as the coupon code.

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20 de agosto de 2021

Seedhead Photo Documentation a Focus Now

We’ve been seeing a lot of seed heads and pods forming in the last week or so and it’s a great chance to get out and document this life stage of your native plants for reference next season and to add to the MnSEED project database. Let’s see those seed heads and pods! Have you looked through MnSEEDers’ recent observations? Such inspiring contributions! Keep it up!

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16 de agosto de 2021

MnSEED Fall 2021 Seed Collection Events

MnSEED Fall 2021 Seed Collection Events
Join us for Seed Collecting & Swapping!
Sign-up here: https://northerngardener.org/mn-seed-project-workshops/
This event is free for residents of the Capitol Region Watershed District. When registering, enter coupon code MNSEED (all caps)

MnSEED is offering a series of seed saving drop-in events in Fall 2021 that offer opportunities to collect, process, and learn about native plants & their seeds! Join the Como Community Seed Library and the Minnesota State Horticultural Society and the St. Paul Seed Circle as we gather locally adapted seeds from native plants for purposes of sharing back to our Twin City communities through swaps, distributions and events. Learn seed saving practices to help ensure viable seeds that come true to plant type. Participants will be encouraged to teach and learn from each other and have the opportunity to gather seed for yourself.

Thursday, August 26th,
Monarch City 9:30 11:30 AM
685 W Minnehaha Ave St. Paul,
MN 55104. Self Guided Garden Tour available

Saturday, September 11th,
Gibbs Farm 11:30AM -1:30PM
2097 Larpenteur Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55113

Thursday, September 16th
Capitol Region Watershed District
5:30-7:30PM
595 Aldine St St. Paul, MN 55104
Grounds & building Best Management Practices tour available

Saturday, September 25th
Gibb’s Farm- 11AM-2PM
2097 Larpenteur Ave W St. Paul, MN 55113
event happens during Gibb's Apple Fest with seed cleaning demonstrations

Saturday, October 7th
Capitol Region Watershed District
5 -7PM
595 Aldine St St. Paul, MN 55104

Seed harvesting events will involve identifying natives, checking to be sure seeds are mature, collecting inflorescences in paper envelopes and properly documenting the collected plants. We will also cover seed storage practices and preview how seed cleaning is done.

Seed Cleaning events will involve hands-on learning of how to separate seeds from other dried plant material. A number of techniques will be shown that can be applied to a variety of types of seed. Useful tools and techniques to accomplish seed cleaning will be available and demonstrated. Seed storage practices, and seed viability testing methods will be incorporated into the event program.

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