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I am not blogging here much anymore, but you can find me at:

Nature’s Path Organic Foods
Heirloom Gardener Magazine
GRIT Magazine
BuildDirect (home & garden)(home & garden)

As always, peruse the posts here. They are relevant in any year!


It’s fundraising season again! The Taos Seed Exchange and the various seed swaps cost money. They are free community services that run on donations of money, seed, and volunteer love. I donate my own time and money as well, but life isn’t free!

Approximate expenses this year are:

Advertising for the big seed swap – 250-450
Supplies (envelopes, paper, ink, pens, scissors, markers, tape, signs, etc) – 100
Postage (for seed donations received) – 75
I might have to buy a table for one seed exchange station – TBD, but maybe $25 or so.

The goal for this year is $600. It is lower than last year, because the Taos County Cooperative Extension Service of NMSU has donated the room at the Juan I Gonzales Agricultural Building. We are also sharing the cost of advertising. What a blessing! But I still have to raise the rest.

At the bake sale in February, we raised about $160. Thanks to everyone who came, traded, ate delicious goodies, and donated! It was so much fun, and I got excited about the seed and gardening year ahead!

There are donation jars at the seed exchange stations. Or you can buy Renee’s Garden Seeds to use as your trade item, if they are available. There is always a way to support us!

Please donate via PayPal below, or contact me for other payment methods. I do not have non-profit status, so this is not tax deductible! Know that it is going to a wonderful cause, and a much-needed service in our community.

Many heartfelt thanks!

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Now is the time to think about seed saving come fall! Certain varieties must be isolated from others, and you will get the most production if you do succession plantings. Think about all that now for best results.

Sheryl Joy of Native Seeds/SEARCH wrote about seed saving in the home garden. She offers up her own experiences and subsequent advice in Saving Seeds in a Small Garden.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange also has a great post about Garden Planning for Seed Saving.

Check out my post on garden planning for seed saving at Nature’s Path Organic Foods.

Before you draw a single map or order a single seed, know what plants you want to get seed from, and how to grow them.

Happy Gardening!

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Saving Tomato Seed


Tomato seed is one of the easiest to save. It’s also one of the few seeds you can save without having to sacrifice the fruit! Eat your tomatoes, and save the seed!

I learned from this video from Seed Savers Exchange. The woman explains each step she is doing on camera. The instructions are very clear and written out.

Webinar: Tomato Seed Saving

Good luck!


Bursting with Gratitude


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!

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