April means wild swings in the weather, but also signals that Spring is coming to Colorado. To encourage gardening and growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, Slow Food Denver is partnering with Ekar Farm, Grow Local Colorado and The Table for an Earth Day seed giveaway. Anyone can register for FREE seeds to pick up at designated sites across the metro area on Friday, April 22.
Here’s what you need to know:
Seeds were donated from BBB Seed Company, a small, family-owned business based in Boulder, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, a seed supplier from Missouri that has more than 1,300 heirloom varieties.
Seeds include cool and warm weather varieties of fruit, vegetables, and flowers.
Seeds available at Ekar Farm: basil, beans, beets, cabbage, corn, cucumber, lemon cucumber, eggplant, kale, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsley, peppers, pumpkin, summer squash, tomato, cherry tomatoes, turnip, and winter squash.
Seeds available at McGregor Square: arugula, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, broccoli raab, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, chard, cilantro, cucumber, lemon cucumber, eggplant, kale, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsley, peas, peppers, pumpkin, raddish, sage, spinach, summer squash, tomato, cherry tomatoes, watermelon, and winter squash.
Seeds available at The Table: artichoke, arugula, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cilantro, cucumber, lemon cucumber, eggplant, kale, lettuce, melons, mustard, mustard spinach, onion, parsley, parsnip, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radish, sage, spinach, summer squash, tomato, cherry tomatoes, watermelon, and winter squash.
Seeds will be available for pick-up from three locations. Note: They will NOT be mailed to you.
You need to register for pickup. Please review the list of seeds available at each location and when each is open before choosing your location. Once you choose your location, you can come any time during the distribution hours.
Seeds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, but they have plenty to go around.
Friday, April 22
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Ekar Farm (6825 E Alameda Ave., Denver, 80224). Parking is only available on Oneida Street. There will be a sign there to make sure people know to walk up to the farm.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — McGregor Square (1901 Wazee St., Denver, 80202). Two parking spots will be blocked off between 19th and 20th on Wazee Street so people can pull right up to the curb.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — The Table (2190 S. Platte River Dr., Denver 80223). There is parking available in their lot as well as in the lot at the park just to the south of our building.
Registration will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Slow Food Denver is a local chapter of Slow Food USA, an organization that started from the Slow Food Movement after McDonald’s opened a location in Rome.