Seed swapping at market

PUBLISHED: 13:10 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7: AN Exmouth environmental group is launching a 'seed exchange' stall at this month's farmers' market. Transition Town Exmouth (TTE), a community association working towards reducing oil dependency in the town, will start working with the farmers' market in

AN Exmouth environmental group is launching a 'seed exchange' stall at this month's farmers' market.Transition Town Exmouth (TTE), a community association working towards reducing oil dependency in the town, will start working with the farmers' market in an attempt to cut down Exmouth's food miles.The group will be at the farmers' market on Wednesday, October 8, from 9am to 1pm, to inform people about the transition initiative and invite all 'home-growers' to come for a 'seed-swap', swapping spare plant or vegetable seeds for the ones available at the stall.Chairman of the market Nick May said: "The Farmers' Market is keen to work with TTE and others to find ways in which more people in Exmouth can use the market to buy high quality, locally grown and produced goods and thus create a more sustainable and healthy town."The group, who will be sharing the stall with Exmouth Quakers as part of their fundraising week, are hoping that the seed swap stall is the first of many stalls available at the market.The group, created this year, is based on the model of Transition Town Totnes and is informing people on sustainable issues in Exmouth and working together with other groups like Exmouth Community Association in creating greater self-sufficiency.One of the members, Angela Ashwin, said: "This is one of the TTE activities - food is produced locally; even seeds can be produced locally."We are hoping to make TTE more public, to distribute more leaflets and to encourage people to grow more food."The group will be hosting an informal get-together at the Beacon Vaults on Monday, October 6, at 7.30pm.There will also be a lecture by Patrick Holden, of the Soil Association, on food security in the 21st century at the Boston Tea Party, in Queen Street, on Tuesday, October 7.Tickets are available by contacting nbeglin@ukonline.co.ukFor more information about TTE visit www.transitiontownexmouth.com

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