The Great American Seed Up, a pop-up bulk seed buying event, is gearing up for its ninth annual event in Phoenix this month.
Residents get the opportunity to check out a diverse range of seeds to foster a connection with gardening and the planting process. However, the Seed Up's ultimate mission is to encourage seed-saving practices, leading to stronger crops, enhanced pest resistance, and more flavorful produce, according to a press release.
Ultimately, this event is about strengthening our local food system, says cofounder Greg Peterson.
The Seed-Up takes place at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix, on the evening of Friday, Oct. 27, and during the day on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Pre-registered attendees for either day will gain online access to recorded seed-related classes and an array of presentations focused on the art and techniques of seed-saving.
The event showcases a seed bazaar stocked with generous quantities of open-pollinated, non-GMO vegetable, wildflower, flower, grain, and herb seed varieties at significantly discounted prices. It caters to all levels of seed enthusiasts, from market farmers to home gardeners.
All available seed varieties have been carefully chosen for their adaptability to hot, dry desert climates. Many of these seeds originate from the same sources as top seed companies but are offered at a fraction of the cost.
Those unable to attend in person can check out an online bulk seed purchasing platform at GreatAmericanSeedUp.org.
Early registration is open at GreatAmericanSeedUp.org.
The event is presented by Seedsave.org, The Urban Farm, and Two Peace in a Pod.