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Green Giving: Give Food! Part 2

The Green Giving series continues today with more ideas on how to give food instead of “stuff” this holiday season.

Do you have foodies on your holiday shopping list? If so, how about giving them dining experience?

Many locally-owned green restaurants offer gift certificates. Some of my favorite green restaurants include:

A gift of dining experience at a locally-owned green restaurant keeps “stuff” out of landfill, helps protect the environment, and supports local farmers and economy. Can’t beat that!

If your special someone is more interested in cooking at home, give him or her a gift certificate to a locally-owned green-minded grocery stores such as Argenta Market (North Little Rock) and Ozark Natural Foods (Fayetteville).

So, those are some of my ideas on how to give food instead of “stuff” this holiday season. The Green Giving series will continue tomorrow with more ideas, so stay tuned!

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Sunday To-Do: Inuagural Fayetteville Community Seed Swap

seedexchangecraig-main_fullThe Inaugural Fayetteville Community Seed Swap will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2010, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Arkansas farmers and gardeners have a long legacy of heirloom seeds, and these plants are in danger of being lost. This event hopes to encourage the production of diverse varieties for posterity and for more sustainable living in the present.

Anyone may attend to trade and distribute open-pollinated (heirloom, old-timey) seeds of food crops, herbs, or ornamentals. Hybrid seeds will also be traded and distributed.

If you have no seeds to swap but want to learn more, come along to mingle with gardeners and farmers who can provide great insight about heirloom seeds. There will be a short presentation about seed saving at the beginning of the event, followed by demonstrations, seed distribution, and a seed savers exchange.

This event will do much to conserve the heritage of Arkansas while we share good stories, beautify our yards, and, of course, save seeds. It is free, fun, and a great way to spend a little time and share the love on Valentines Day.

This event is sponsored by the Fayetteville Community Gardening Coalition (FCGC), the University of Central Arkansas’s (UCA) Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!) Project, Washington County Cooperative Extension Service, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and Ozark Natural Foods.

Further information can be provided by Katy Deaton at katyd@ncat.org or (479)409-4431 or Dr. Brian Campbell at brianc@uca.edu or (501) 450-317.