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Seed Saving Workshop: August 22, 2009

fava beanIt’s about time to leave pea pods on their vines (so the seeds fully mature) and a few biennial carrots in the ground (until next year for them to flower). The Basics of Seed Saving Workshop is also just around the corner at the Missoula Urban Demonstration site. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members–well worth picking up the skills you’ll need Peak Oil or when your peaking interest in hybrid seeds plunges. The workshop is scheduled for August 22 and lasts from 1-3 PM. Think of it this way–once you’ve harvested a sweet crop of seeds, you’ll be able to trade with other Missoulians at the Seed Saver Swap in late October (Date & Time TBA).


Another workshop that we highly recommend is the canning how-to on September 11.


Here’s how MUD describes the workshop: Rumor has it that last April Burpee’s sold out of all its seeds and had to put thousands of orders on backorder. Don’t let this happen to you! Yvonne will teach you how to collect and store your precious heirlooms for next season, and tell you which seeds are hybrids and which are sterile. Also, keep your eyes open for a Seed Saver Swap in late October! 


Cooking Workshop with Pearl Cash of the Pearl Cafe!

So you’ve seen the cucumber plants extending and the spinach starts are making a lot of noise in the green forest at the far end of the garden…you’ve proven yourself in the fields…now it may be time to get together with other high-spirited harvesters and get some more ideas about how to turn yer bounty into something new and tasty.

The Missoula Demonstration Project is putting on a great event next Saturday, July 18th at 11 PM. Here’s how it’s advertised–Learn how to choose the best seasonal ingredients and cook intuitively with Pearl Cash, owner/chef of the Pearl Café on East Front Street. It’s at The Senior’s Center at 705 S Higgins Avenue. Register ahead to guarantee your space by calling the MUD office 721-7513. $10 members/ $20 non-members.

I seriously hope to see you there!

“Mom, I helped 1,000 New Gardens get $10,000 today!”

As we speak, 1,000 New Gardens volunteers are leading a campaign to mobilize Missoulians to support our vision. The word on the street (maybe you’ve heard it, maybe you should spread it, maybe you should open the window and yell it out loud) is that 1,000 New Gardens is one of eight ideas in the nation that could win $10,000.

Well, it’s true. And helping 1,000 New Gardens reach this goal is sooo stinking easy… Easier than picking out vegetable varieties to grow or simply picking a ripe cherry tomato. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS VOTE HERE at the Ideablob homepage and let 10 friends know about this opportunity for Missoula to expand its nutritional capacity. Below you’ll find a sample email to send out to other aspiring gardeners!

Each project in the contest was told on Tuesday morning about all of the exciting ways to “Get Out The Vote” … about how some project organizers do not sleep during the voting period. We put our heads together and said together, “we can do this with sleep” and began brainstorming ideas for letting the community know about the vote. We’re hanging in there, but we need your help! Let’s encourage our neighbors to look over the fence at our project and provide a model for gardening together that other communities can employ.

Peas, 1kng Missoula

Sample Email


Peas, 1000 New Gardens

1,000 New Gardens Missoula …

  • Could win $10,000
  • Is one of eight ideas in the nation accepted at
  • The winner is chosen by online voters
  • You can help us win, it’s as easy as voting online


1)Register at

2)You’ll receive a confirmation email

3)Vote on the homepage

4)Recycle this emailpass it on to friends, family, Missoulians!


What is 1,000 New Gardens Missoula?

We think it’s time to provide communities with a model for gardening together using the spirit of neighborhood potlucks, the Victory Garden Movement and Americorps. 1000 New Gardens is a volunteer-led project that aims to promote organic household vegetable gardening in Missoula, Montana, by sharing resources, techniques and information.

How will we use $10,000 if we win?

1000 New Gardens plans to focus grant money on community outreach and financially supporting the gardening ambition of low-income households. In order to create a community-based body of knowledge about local gardening, the group created and maintains a web-based interactive blog where local gardeners express ideas, questions and other information. If awarded the grant, 1,000 New Gardens will also use it to improve and increase content about gardening techniques and information. The group also understands the importance of face-to-face interaction. Part of the funding will propel “local agriculture” by establishing neighborhood tool and canning libraries, plot sharing, volunteer labor to start new gardens, seed-ordering and vegetable harvest potlucks, and garden workshops.

The group helped 12 new gardeners this year organize volunteers to remove sod, bring in manure from local farms, use tools from the MUD tool library, and reuse materials from Home Resource.

Would you like to be one of the 38 new greatest gardeners in the world in 2010?

Email us:

And see what vegetables you’re getting into at the blogsite:

1kng at the Love Your Mother Earth Festival

Hola campesinos!

1,000 New Gardens hopes to see you at the Love Yer Mother Earth Festival this weekend at Lolo Hot Springs!

This is the next installment of our “Get Out The Garden” efforts–our goal is to attract 10 new gardeners for 2010 to the network and have a little fun doing it. The plan at our table is to paint 1kng logos on top of reused political signs for the top 10 gardeners in the world, give out strawberry plants to little spuds (kids) because we’ve heard they’re companion plants, and work on sequestering able-bodies for the gardening con kids dates coming up in June and July and also the fall dig days. We’re also thinking about running a bit of an anti-lawn campaign at the festival to inform citizens about the wastefulness of lawns and the soul power that organic vegetable gardens bring into a front or backyard. Ya dig?

Digging and the art of neo-garden generosity

Today Mason Giem will be leading a crew of volunteers down the winding road to berryville.

He plans to leave the UC/University library parking lot at 5:30 and the venture shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours. It’s a long bike ride to the house on the West side of town, so we recommend carpooling. We will have a car or two there to do such things. Call Mason at 406-596-6273 for more information.

I’ve convinced my mother, Shaun Gant –although it wasn’t very hard to do so–to participate in a three-way trade of gardening widgets.

1) Steve, a friend of one of the greatest new gardeners in the world, has offered up his berry patches for aspiring gardeners.

2) Out of this digathon will come a bounty of “Everbearing” strawberry plants, some of which will go to Shaun’s burgeoning jardin in the slant-streets neighborhood.

3) For these mid-summer delights, Shaun has agreed to give a bundle of the tomato seedlings (cherry, canning and eatable varieties) that she’s been rearing for weeks to Marci Watson, one of the top ten new gardeners in the world. Marci plans to transplant the little seedlings into larger containers on her summer deck (where they will, as so many have done in my mother’s care, likely shoot up real high-like).

This is the sort of resource sharing and trading that 1kng encourages. If you have extra plants or seeds and have a desire for something outlandish, post a comment here and we’ll see what finds you… This is the system we have in place now, but the plan is to set up a groovily formal Craiglist for vegetablers soon.

We haven’t quite figured out the name [“Eplantlist” (short for eggplant list), “The Ceres Series” (after the godess of agriculture), “VegList”, “ArugulaList” are being tossed about casually] or exactly how to create a local Craiglist, but we’re on the beet. Do you have any ideas?

For information about strawberries (including choosing varieties, planting and harvesting) check out this site.

Love ya,


D-Day (1,000 New Gardens Dig Day)

On Saturday April 11th, 1,000 New Gardens’ volunteers will take the first step towards revitalizing Missoula’s legacy as the Garden City. We will remove sod and turn the soil over with compost/manure at 10 test plot gardens. After all of the hard work over the last two months, we will open our hands wide and plunge them into the soil, planting the vision of 1KNG. We graciously thank our 10 households for allowing their lawns to be modernized for the needs of the 21st century.

This is your chance to thread the needle of nature and society, finding your place between the two and ways to use nature without damaging it. It is important, now more than ever that we help make the ecstatic skin of the Earth flourish.

Of course the land is not easy to work, so WE NEED YOUR HELP. We are asking you to donate an hour, or 12, to help realize the goal of 1,000 new gardens in the Garden City. It is not going to happen over night–the soil took thousands of years to develop and it is not about to give up its nutrients to your chioggia beets without proper tending.

April 11 is our first chance to experience nature together as a community. Please join us by emailing with any time slot you are available.