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Seed Day 2016: support AB 1810, the California Seed Exchange Democracy Act

April 17, 2016 • 1:00 pm9:00 pm


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Seeds have been found in peoples’ back yards that were thought to be lost. Might your own special variety be more rare than you think? Come to our Seed Exchange event to find out!
See our schedule, at the end of this announcement.
This event is highlighting the Assembly Bill 1810, a bill written to ensure our rights are clearly stated for us to continue this time-honored tradition.
Sunday, April 17th is our Seed-Sharing Day …with speakers, seed sharing, letter writing, potluck, wine, movie and socializing with each other and the experts.

In honor of International Seed Day (April 26) the “Seed Exchange Democracy Act, AB1810” will be introduced to the community during our Seed Day 2016 celebrations. This act will allow communities to share seeds unencumbered by tests and fees. Come learn about and help support this new legislation.

This day is for you to learn why and how to save and share seeds.

Bring seeds to share, bring seeds home!

Required info:
If you bring seeds to share, you are required to identify the seed. Attach a sheet a paper with any information you have about your seeds. Blank forms will be available at our event for you to fill in and attach to the seed envelopes. The form will have these questions, please answer them as best you can:

  • Variety:_______________________
  • Common name: _______________________
  • Scientific name:_________________
  • Location of harvest (city):__________________
  • Year of harvest: _____
  • Days to maturity: ______
  • Seeds saved from ____ number of plants.
  • Grower’s name and contact info (optional):__________
  • Difficulty of seed to save:
     Easy  Difficult  Hand-pollinate
  • Include notes; and a short story of how you originally obtained the seed and how long you have been growing it.

In the note field, it will be good to include if the plant was organically grown or what type of pesticide/fertilizer was used; and if the seeds are “garden-saved seeds” or “commercial seeds.” Also good to know is if you obtained the right “isolation distance” among same species to avoid cross pollination.

Be sure to include a story! It’s been said by many folks that seeds are better with stories, best to keep it short and concise.

We will adhere to these Seed Protocols:

Come to our Seed Day 2016 event to hear:
– the lawyers from SELC (see below), who wrote the bill.
– Valerie Williams, a local expert (Ros’ assistant) will share how to harvest and store seeds.
– Hillie Salo (of Silicon Valley Grows) will talk about our local seed libraries, at various city libraries.
– Melody Summer Williams, a savvy 13-year-old, will show us how to save tomato seeds.

Keynote speaker? who else than our local –national garden/seed hero and aficionado– Ros Creasy, she will start off the day at 1pm.

See the schedule, below.

DATE: Sunday, April 17, 2016
TIME: 1pm – 9:30pm
LOCATION: Rancho Rinconada, Cupertino

LETTERS to your legislators:
We will have a table dedicated to letter writing! Hand-written letters are known to be the best way to get the legislators’ attention. Tell your legislator that you support AB 1810.

Bring seeds to share, we will have an official seed exchange, led by our local experts: Ros, Hillie, Valerie, Melody and Nancy Garrison.

POTLUCK dinner:
At 5pm, we will carry our seed sharing/exchange theme to the dinner table, so bring a dish or non-alcoholic drink to share (5 – 6 servings). Please keep in mind our Slow values: good, clean and fair, sustainable (organic and or local, made from your hands is the best!)

We have a lovely selection of wines (reds and whites) from HALLCREST in Felton, the first certified organic wine in the USA! It will be available at various times throughout the day.
$5/glass, and $20/unlimited pours (cash and credit cards accepted)

After our communal dinner, we will show the documentary: “Bitter Seeds,” and afterwards have a discussion and socializing.

Will be helpful for us if you RSVP, your donation is greatly appreciated. Limited capacity: 150 people.


DONATION: $5 – $15 suggested donation, no one turned away.
Proceeds will be used to promote AB 1810.Slow Food South Bay endorses and wants to help move this bill through the legislature.
They need, we want, your support.

“It’s nothing new. We’ve been doing it for 10,000 years, coming together at markets, town squares, in huts and in halls to swap seeds and stories. But the seed swap is being rediscovered by a new generation of plant people, and their collective joy, excitement, and knowledge is really at the core of the community seed movement.”  https://exchange.seedsavers.org/storage/38866EC9-4DC6-48A1-A267-31F0CEA8E1C6.pdf


About Ros Creasy



SELC – the authors of the bill:

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (www.theselc.org)

http://www.theselc.org/seed_democracy_AB 1810
…amends the California Seed Law to ensure that seed libraries, and other forms of noncommercial seed sharing activities, are not subject to the same labeling, testing, and permitting requirements that apply to large-scale commercial seed enterprises. For more background on this issue, see our Save Seed Sharing page:




Meet your Slow Food leaders!
Several Slow Food South Bay leaders will be attending this event, and will share with you what we are up to, and why they are involved with the sustainable food movement. Please say HELLO, and introduce yourself, we’d love to meet you.

  • Joni Sare, Chair
  • Jessica Campbell, Vice Chair
  • Hillie Salo, Leader
  • Jon Bender, Leader


Seed Day 2016 schedule

1 – 2pm  Ros Creasy, Board member Seed Savers Exchange – an overview of saving seeds

2 – 2:30pm  Valerie and Melody Williams – how to save seeds

2:30 -3:30pm  Seed Exchange, Meet the Garden Experts and Lawyers, Letter Writing, Potluck, Wine, Beer, Socializing

3:30 – 4:30pm  A movie short promoting AB 1810, followed by a panel discussion with the lawyers:

4:30 – 6pm  Seed Exchange, Meet the Garden Experts and Lawyers, Letter Writing, Potluck, Wine, Beer, Socializing

6 – 6:30pm  Hillie Salo, Silicon Valley Grows – seed Libraries at our local city libraries

6:30pm  Movie/documentary – “Bitter Seeds” with discussion afterwards.

9:30pm Goodbyes


Seed Libraries

What are the benefits of starting a seed bank in your community?

  • Preventing the loss of genetic diversity and the disappearance of local seed varieties
  • Generating seed that is adapted to thrive in the soils and climate of your region •
  • Increasing access to seed for all, but especially for first-time, low-income, and community-based gardeners
  • Educating your community on how to save seeds, and connecting them to our collective history of seed as a shared public resource
  • Strengthening your local food system and increasing food security, starting with seeds
  • Raising awareness and mobilizing actions around seed issues such as patenting and genetic engineering.


Do you have questions about this event, and or ideas for future events?
Please contact your Slow Food South Bay Chair, Joni Sare:


April 17, 2016
1:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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Rancho Rinconada Park and Recreation
18000 Chelmsford Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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