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Seed fairs are held to enable trade, exchange and sharing of seeds among local farmers. Buyers – local farmers in need of seed – are issued with vouchers and have the freedom to choose their own seeds. Vendors – local farmers with excess seed – have their seeds put through a germination and humidity test and are then free to sell at the fair. This approach encourages exchange for local producers, empowers households by giving them purchasing power and helps boost the local economy.

In one of the world’s poorest countries, Concern is providing local communities with seeds to ensure a brighter future. Learn how Concern seed fairs are supporting the poorest households in Central African Republic.

Concern is working on a multi-sectoral programme in Lobaye Prefecture which focuses on nutrition and food security. The programme delivers assistance to displaced households and their host communities by providing them with seeds and tools. It is hoped that the programme will encourage local communities to grow their own produce, to ensure food security for their future. Seeds and tool are distributed directly to households, or more frequently, at seed fairs.

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Concern tackles food security

The mass displacement in CAR has resulted in an agricultural production decline. Due to displacement, thousands of households have been unable to plant or harvest crops and they have had to rely on basic crops and wild foraged foods for daily sustenance. The deterioration in agricultural production has also impacted on the quality and diversity of seeds. As a result, many farmers in CAR are experiencing a low yield, which poses a grave threat to food security.

It may be rich in minerals and resources but Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the world’s poorest countries, ranking 187 out of 188 countries in the world on the UNDP Human Development Index. Years of conflict and recurrent violence has severely hindered the country’s economic and social growth, and it has had dramatic humanitarian consequence.

This program is open to anyone eligible for a LINCC library card (residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, and Hood River County Library Districts in Oregon; and Camas, or the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in Washington). While it is preferred, no LINCC library card number is required. Staff may need to limit your order to six varieties per pickup. Seeds available while supplies last.

    Review the seed catalogs (see below) to choose the varieties you’d like to plant (while supplies last):

Need a way to practice social distancing while maintaining the health of your body, your family, and your planet? Garden! The Oak Lodge and Gladstone Public Libraries’ Seeds for Sharing Seed Libraries are here for you with free seeds to ‘check out’! Please note that the seeds available at each library may differ. You may check seeds out from both libraries, but you will have to visit both libraries to do so. Here’s how to participate:

There are many great online resources to help you plan and plant your garden:

Free garden seeds through Seeds for Sharing

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Afrikaner seeds

Look for disease resistant cultivars. Choosing disease resistant varieties is just one way to avoid problems before the growing season begins. Diseases can be a costly and time-consuming issue to deal with during the season, so choosing a disease-resistant variety can help ward off those problems before they begin.

Light

In order to ensure healthy, strong transplants, the seeds will require 16 to 18 hours of bright light. It can be natural or artificial. Less light results in a weak transplant.

Watering and Fertilization

Consider the garden format when choosing seed. Since there are so many ways to plant a garden—containers, raised-beds and large-scale gardens—it is important to consider the end-goal when purchasing seed. There are hearty garden plants, as well as patio-type cultivars, to fit any size or shape of a backyard garden. O’Rear said if you decide to grow in containers on a patio or porch for the season, selecting patio type cultivars is the best choice.