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Two long-time local collaborators in freshly-grown produce are teaming up in a new way next week. On April 9th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Certified Farmers’ Market Palm Springs will host the Riverside County Master Gardeners’ first Desert Seed Exchange. Taking place in front of the Palm Springs Cultural Center at 2300 E. Baristo Rd, and running concurrently with the Saturday CFMPS, this free event offers an opportunity for folks at all levels of gardening expertise to share their collected seeds – both naturally home-harvested and store bought – and swap ideas and techniques for successful desert cultivation. The MG’s suggest bringing all variety of seeds; 

On 4/9 participants should look for the Master Gardeners under a turquoise double canopy, where they can drop off their seeds to share. The MG’s will repackage them for distribution and share tips, tricks and cautions about propagation in the Coachella Valley’s unique growing environment. The MG’s and CFM hope to offer these exchanges several times a year, and eventually expand into shared seedlings and cuttings as well.

Since 1980, Master Gardener volunteers have been trained by UCCE Advisers, Specialists, and other qualified instructors to provide the gardeners of Riverside County with research-based information to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable horticultural practices. Activities of volunteers are solely educational - without inclusion of any purpose or intention of carrying on a business, trade, avocation or profession for profit.

The Certified Farmers’ Markets of the Coachella Valley, a program of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, offer an economic platform for small family farmers and artisan culinary businesses from Southern California in four locations: Outdoors in Palm Desert and La Quinta from October through April and Palm Springs outdoors from October through May, indoors June through September. The CFMCV’s are dedicated to making fresh local food accessible and affordable for everyone in the CV, through partnerships and matching grants with EBT/CalFresh, WIC and other government nutrition currencies.

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