Please Remain Seeded (PRS) revolves around sustainable living in an urban environment and is a program under the parent organization, Mia Kat Empire, located in Southeast Texas. (www.miakatempire.com) PRS is founded with the intent of providing education, services and resources to Southeast Texas families. We strongly advocate natural and environmentally sustainable living.
For starters we are getting ready to launch a “SETX Green Exchange!” The mission is to build a community that enjoys not only food exchange but also working together to turn possible underutilized space into food growing opportunities. People can bring anything to the swap from their garden they may have an abundance of such as fruits, vegetables, flowers or herbs and swap with someone else. They can also feel free to bring other garden related items as well to exchange…. plants, seeds, coffee grounds for the compost pile… or some old gardening tools laying around not being used. It is swap only, no money exchanged and the items must be from the garden or home. It’s a great time to divide and transplant perennials, so separate that overcrowded patch and get ready to bring something to swap. I also suspect there will be some good late harvest vegetables and fruits. I hear that figs are ripening…
We are choosing to start the SETX Green Exchange now, as opposed to the prime growing season, Spring, because in the Chinese five element tradition, so I’ve heard, there are actually five seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Fall. Autumn is the season of the harvest and gathering, and Fall is the season of falling (as in leaf fall) and letting go. I have remembered this for years because it really struck a chord with me.
We are going to start meeting on the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. There will be two meeting locations. One will be in Beaumont, TX. at The Barking Dog Coffee Lounge (493 Pearl St.), and we will also be announcing a meeting location in Houston as well! Once we have enough responses from people who are interested in being a part of this, we will post our first meeting! To respond with interest simply “comment” on this blog or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some folks have asked if the swap is a negotiated trade or just a “bring one, take one.” For now we are certainly in the spirit of “bring what feels right, and take what feels right.” I encourage you, however, to use the comments of this blog to ask around, especially if you are digging up a plant that you could otherwise leave in the ground.
For example: I might post in the comments, “Does anybody want some bee balm?” and see if there is a response. If there is none, then there is certainly no guarantee that there will be a taker for that item. That said, we hope to find every plant and veggie and fruit and seed, etc. a home.
So… what are folks thinking about bringing?