Neighborhood suburban farm, biodiversity education and seed saving project
Celia A. Adamec, Owner and Business Manager
Through the Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E’s grant, Star Acre Farms has been able to purchase supplies for saving and cleaning seed, creating educational market signage about heirloom crops, and establishing a community Seed Bank in Arvada. Additionally through this initiative, Star Acre Farms is able to provide locally adapted seeds to their community members.
The 2012 season will be the first season in which Star Acre Farms plants their heirloom varieties of food crops with consideration for proper isolation distances for open-pollinated varieties. The plan is to collect seed from a number of crops including: heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, winter squash, peppers, beans, peas, and several others.
Additionally, there are efforts for public education through signage and stories for some of the rare varieties, such as, Tennis ball lettuce, Fish pepper, Cherokee Purple tomato, German pink tomato, Aunt Ruby’s German Green tomato, Aunt Molly’s husk tomato and more!
Star Acre Farms will offer packets of seeds to low-income residents of Arvada through the Arvada Community Food Bank, and distribute packets of locally-adapted seeds to community members (and others along the Front Range) on a donation basis.
To visit Star Acre Farms’ website, click here.