The Great American Seed Up is once again setting up shop in Phoenix. After three very successful showings in previous years, the “pop-up” seed market will be returning to the Uptown Farmers Market at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Sept. 22-23.
Imagine walking into a room filled with more than 60 varieties of seeds ready to be scooped up and taken home for planting or saving. The seed bazaar features bulk quantities of popular open-pollinated, non-GMO vegetable, wildflower, flower and herb seed varieties available at deep discounts. When seeds are grown, saved and replanted locally, they accrue amazing benefits—hardier crops, more pest-resistance tastier food, and most importantly—they are better prepared for local climatic conditions.
This year the Seed Up will span two days beginning with the signature event, “Seed Dating,” where you bring a friend for free. Friday also includes a viewing of the thought-provoking documentary, “Seed: the Untold Story,” at 6:30 p.m. A Q-and-A session will follow with seed expert Bill McDorman, who is featured in the film. People can also scoop and purchase seeds from 5 to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, the event is open for seed scooping from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday is education day featuring three classes on seed saving and storage that will take place throughout the day at 11 a.m., 12 and 1 p.m. Discussion topics will include; how to save seeds, planting and starting seeds and how to properly store your new seeds.
Families, community groups and interested individuals are welcome to shop for seeds and take in seed knowledge firsthand from expert presenters. You will not find better seeds at better prices. All varieties for sale will be specially chosen for their ability to thrive in hot, dry desert climates.
Tickets are $7.50 per day and do not include the cost of purchasing seeds. Advance registration is required at www.GreatAmericanSeedUp.org.