I wrote this for the Taos News, but it did not get published. Their guidelines allow for a limited number of thank you’s, and I just could NOT cut anyone out to get it in print. So herewith is my public Thank You to everyone who helped pull off the 2nd Annual Taos Seed Swap!
The 2nd Annual Taos Seed Exchange Seed Swap on March 28th was a great success! I want to publicly thank everyone who gave time, seed, money, ideas, hugs, food, and heartwarming support. I am blessed to be surrounded by such loving souls.
Seed was donated by dozens of non-GMO seed companies, seed banks around the US and in Spain, and gardeners from around northern New Mexico, southern Colorado, and even Austin, TX!
I could not have paid for this without the help of more generous people in my life: My sister, Nina Moustafa, BARK (Bleuzette La Feir), Susan Kohl, Meg Meiser, Brigitte Barlos, Karen McCurtain Blair, and Mary Katz. Strangers are generous, too! The donation jar at the event was full, and gardeners made and continue to make donations at the Taos Seed Exchange stations around town.
Louise Blair of the Quality Inn was easy and pleasant to work with, returning calls promptly, and offering whatever we needed. And the coffee was plentiful and delicious!
Julie Osmanski created a beautiful ad for Tempo in the Taos News, and Shane Atkinson gave it thoughtful visibility. Thanks, too, to Virginia Clark for laughs and support.
Jayde Swarts made a beautiful ad for the Santa Fe Reporter, too, and the placement was perfect.
Aaron Mangum of AMZ Sign & Print donated signs and made a fantastic banner.
Thanks to every radio station that ran a PSA from Alamosa to Santa Fe, and all the extra shootouts on KNCE. Thank you, Stephanie Lynn!
My set-up and delivery crews eased a lot of stress! Julie Osmanski, Presy Baca, Karen McCurtain Blair, Merly James, Harrison James, Sandy Norton, Ron Hagg, Rochelle Rex, and Lia Blase made this early morning chore effortless.
Rochelle Rex and Presy Baca helped pack up the seeds, dismantle the displays, and load my car at the end of the event. That’s an overwhelming job for one person, so I can’t express enough appreciation for the help!
And of course, thank you to everyone who came, traded seed, bought seed, and talked gardening! It was a thrill to meet so many people I know online only, to see old friends, meet new friends, and to network. I can’t forget the people who were there in spirit, too. I am looking forward to next year!
If you missed the event, there are Taos Seed Exchange stations set up every day at Pieces, More Pieces, the Dixon Market, ReThreads, KOKO, Taos Herb, and the Habitat ReStore. Consider them perpetual seed swaps! Many thanks to these host businesses for being passionate about the project.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone that’s been supportive of the Taos Seed Exchange, now in its third year. It is truly a community project!