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Postal Seed Swap #2 !

Postal Seed Swap #2 !

While the SSL annual seed swap is scheduled for 10th February, the registrations for the second postal seed exchange start today, on the Blue Moon 🙂 This postal exchange is inspired from the “What You Sow” #SecretSeedSwap where participants make one (or more) pretty seed packet themselves, fill it with seeds and send it to a random recipient. To take part: – Register by 21st February 2018 by sending your email, name and address to: mail@shetlandseedlibrary.co.uk – Work out which seeds you would…

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Seeds of Change

Seeds of Change

I’m very sad to announce that the funding application to have seed saving workshops failed. The main reason is the lack of commitment from others to keep the SSL going, conjugated with the costly quote from the HSL (over £3000 for 2 half day workshops). The seed library has reached a crossroads I think. I am moving from Shetland to a croft in the North of Scotland (near Tongue) in a couple of months. I will be back in Shetland…

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Possible Seed Saving Workshops

Possible Seed Saving Workshops

Dear members, I am applying for funding to organise (free) seed saving workshops with the Heritage Seed Library next year. If you are interested in taking part, please leave a comment and let me know if you would rather attend a workshop dealing with basic seed saving skills, or more advanced ones. The more folk interested, the better chance to make it happen! 🙂 🌱

Real vs Fake Shetland Black

Real vs Fake Shetland Black

Four years ago, I was given a few Shetland Black “tatties” from my old Shetland neighbour and I have grown them ever since. My interest in potatoes has grown, and last year I bought Alan Romans’ The Potato Book. I realised the Shetland Black potato he describes is not the same I am growing, and that the official Shetland Black tattie registered is different. I have had the chance so speak to a lot of folk, and also to members…

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Shetland Environmental Award

Shetland Environmental Award

The Shetland Seed Library has won an environmental award! 🍾 It’s great to get the SSL out there, and see more and more people taking an interest into seed saving! Thank you to all of you seed savers, especially to Susan, Liam and Al. 🌱💚🌿      

Moving out, moving in

Moving out, moving in

The SSL is moving! It’s going to the Peerie Cafe from Wednesday 8th November, in the hope that more folks will know about it. Plus, you can have a nice coffee while sorting your seeds so what’s not to like? ☕ 🌱 Thank you James Martin and Marghie Thompson West for the opportunity.

Not full of beans!

Not full of beans!

So I have got pretty beans this year… but very few of them! I was envisioning jars of colourful beans in my kitchen and thought I’d try these but they need more heat to set properly (my greenhouse doesn’t heat as much as a polycrub). Had masses of flowers but very few beans. I quite like the pea beans: I think they look like orcas! What seeds are you guys saving this year?

Shetland Food and Drink Festival

Shetland Food and Drink Festival

We had a blast at the Food Fair this weekend! Susan’s herbs and produce were gorgeous and Liam’s edible flowers display was beautiful… and tasty! It was great to be able to take the shiny new SSL box (courtesy of hubby) there and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Thanks to all who stopped by and asked questions! There was an obvious interest in Shetland Black tatties, which is nice to see. Hope to be there again next year!