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If you talk with Amy Joens, you cannot help but get excited about the possibilities of gardening. As the Garden & Education Program Coordinator at Marion Polk Food Share, Amy sees members of our community coming together to learn to grow their own food, creating unity in their neighborhoods and empowering themselves for the future. Last year alone, 1,100 gardeners operated in more than 60 gardens across Marion and Polk counties.

To further share this knowledge and excitement, Marion Polk Food Share, Marion County Environmental Services and Oregon State University Extension Services, will host a “Celebrate the Seed” event on Saturday, March 7th from 10am-2pm at the Food Share Warehouse.

One of the most well-known features of the event is the Food Share’s 10th Annual Seed Exchange. A wide variety of seeds will be available to prepare you for the growing season ahead. You may want to come for the seeds, but our bet is you will want to stay for much more.

This year’s event will also feature a variety of workshops. Topics include composting, food preservation, gardening on a budget, environmentally conscious gardening, seed saving, and more. Master gardeners and other resources will be on hand to help answer your gardening questions. There will even be tastings and a brief beginning gardening class.

Amy’s mission? “Our hope is that we can ignite some excitement across the community around growing food – that people would feel energized, prepared, and resourced to be able to grow food for themselves and their community. We hope to arm people with seeds and knowledge as they prepare to take on gardening in all the ways they are able.”

Please contact Amy at or 503-576-3418 with questions.

This event is free and open to everyone in the community. Be sure to bring a bag to take home free seeds and other fun giveaways. There will also be a garden tool Repair Fair on site if your tools need a little extra attention before the growing season begins.  Bring your broken tool and any needed replacement parts, and the repairers will do their best to get them working again!

See you Saturday, March 7th from 10am-2pm at Marion Polk Food Share, 1660 Industrial Dr. NE, Salem!

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