CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Third Annual Kanawha Valley Sustainability Fair will have a new feature for gardeners, thanks to Aimee Figgatt. She's organizing a seed swap at the free event, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Columbia Gas Transmission Building, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE.
The theme is "Celebrate YOUR HOME on Planet Earth," and it will feature family-friendly activities and entertainment, all related to sustainable local agriculture, ecology, businesses, transportation, energy, health, arts, family and community resources.
Organized by Kanawha Valley Connections, last year's fair drew more than 2,800 visitors and included more than 100 on-site and affiliated exhibitors.
"In previous years, we were at Habitat ReStore, but quickly outgrew it," Figgatt said. She's hoping many gardeners will participate in the seed swap.
Figgatt, owner of Tyler Creek Farms, on Little Tyler Mountain, outside Charleston, raises free-range hens and sells farm-fresh eggs. She also raises and sells herbs and produce. She got the idea for the seed swap at a conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
"I attended the PASA conference this year and they had a wonderful seed swap -- so much fun. I hope to keep it up and make it tradition!" Figgatt said.
She suggests bringing seeds to swap in paper envelopes.
"The smaller the better -- letter size -- but I see no reason to be picky. A picture of the plant could be a plus, if they feel inclined. They can write on the outside.
"We will also have envelopes available if they want to bring seed loose; we'll bring a stack of paper bags for them to put seed in and label the outside. Measuring spoons for scoops. We are providing pens.
"They can certainly bring seed to share, even if they don't need any themselves. And I really would love to see folks take seed even if they didn't bring it. Might just encourage new gardeners," she said.
The fair still needs volunteers to help set up and keep things working smoothly. Call the Kanawha Valley Connections office at 304-941-3281 if you would like to help the day before or the day of the fair. Visit www.kvsfair.org to download the volunteer information form, or send your contact information to i...@kvsfair.org.
More on the sustainability front: "Sustainability 101 Workshop" will take place from 1 to 3 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Charleston Area Alliance office, 1116 Smith St. The free event is presented by Bridgemont Community and Technical College, West Virginia Sustainable Communities (a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection initiative).