NOFA Mass Offering – Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings: Seed Starting Systems at Home

NOFA, New England Organic Farming Association, of Massachusetts is offering a series of free online webinars on resiliency that we highly recommend.  They invite you to “Join us for the first of our free weekly Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings on Friday April 3rd at 5:30pm. Our first topic will be Seed Starting Systems at Home and will feature tours of three systems. ”

Go to this web page to register:


March 24, Online Meeting: COVID19 Response Grant

If you want to attend this online meeting, but you have not already received an invitation by email, please contact for more details.

The primary purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the implementation of an emergency grant for $1,000 from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund.  To view a copy of this grant proposal go to this link

How can we best utilize this money under the current circumstance?

Meeting Agenda for Tuesday: March 24 (Via Zoom)


1. NEGEF emergency grant towards local food security

a. Seed Library (outdoors)                                                                                        

b.  Seedlings for Stamford.

c. Distributed Garden Beds                                                                

2. Community Garden Space

3. Community Food Service

4. New Business



Garden Work Party

Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm


Stamford Elementary School

We will clean the existing beds, plant a cover crop, build several new beds and fill them with top soil and compost.  We will need hand tools, drills, bits and drivers, hammers, shovels, garden forks, rakes and wheelbarrows.  Bring tools, if you have them, or just bring yourself, there will be plenty to do.  Light refreshments will be provided.

All are welcome. Bring family and friends.  A rain date will be announced in case of inclement weather.


Stamford VT Seed Savers Meeting Minutes, May 1

In attendance: Larry, Jennifer, Priscilla, Betty, Sheila Lawrence, Stephen, Helen

Announcements: Caroline has received 90# of potatoes and will make them available to SVSS members after she has distributed to others.

School Gardening Report: Outcomes of seed planting activities at Stamford Elementary. SG and HF taught 4 classes at Stamford Elementary School with all students. Eleven flats were planted for school, home and town flower and vegetables. NEGEF grant is in progress. We need to continue to build our communications and attendance for upcoming activities.

Seed Library: Progress report. CJ and Caroline are working on the case for seeds. We need to make the seeds available now.

Seed Production: Individual membership goals for 2018. Who is planting what for our Seed Savers plan. Jen wants native species which might be at risk of disappearing. Larry can get seeds from his uncle of large, flat pole beans (his sister has them). He plants them every year and wants to save them this year. “Larry’s Yellow Pole Beans.” Stephen will try personal watermelons. When ripe they turn yellow. It is reported that they are often too seedy, but delicious. Jen has Spanish peppers from Spain and will try to grow them (originally came from Mexico); pimentos du Padron. Sheila reports Valerie Dickerson at The Lane plants a giant flower pot with 5 veggies in one pot on her porch.

Stephen brought 2 flats of tomatoes started at the Firehouse; can you adopt a flat to keep alive since we are running out of space.



Green Up Day: Plans for outreach and fundraising. Helen, Betty and Bill Levine will sell plants at the June 2 Church Bazaar.

Jen has school volunteers who want to come and split perennials to sell at their school fundraiser. They will come and clean up your garden (moms and kids) . Larry has daylilies that they can come and dig them. Jen will contact Larry.

Larry says some places are planting milkweed to grow monarch butterfly. Larry has Joe Pieweed. He is not getting enough monarch.

Trees and Shrubs: Recent donation. Helen reports there was an anonymous donation of $300 to plant blueberry bushes on school grounds. We discussed where to plant. Blueberries like wet. Jen reports we need 3 varieties. Sheila says talk to Dottie and David Howes on Clayton or Barlow on The Lane. Larry and Sheila suggest set up the fencing and the poles first. Much with oak or pine chips. Dan also grows good blueberries. Acidy mulch.

Wish List: Lights etc. We need a shed. Compost (Larry’s sister has some when it dries).

New Business: Starting the school/community garden. Jen is willing to work with kids to plant peas, radishes, lettuce soon with Helen. Let’s plan a planting date with school; Jen, Angela and Larry will come help on another Mad Monday. Helen will discuss with the Principal. Can we coordinate with the Library Committee to have garden events this summer.

Next meeting is Tuesday, May 15 at 6pm in the Stamford Library. Bring a plan for workdays in the community garden.


Larry, Helen and Timothea will repot spider plants tomorrow after 4.

Jennifer will repot with Helen on Thursday noon to 2. Priscilla will come after 1:30.

This will be at Helen’s house 394 East Road.

Anyone that wants to join us is welcome!



Seed Savers Meeting Wed. April 18th, 6:00 pm at the Fire Station


Fundraising :

Adopt-a-Seedling. We will be sowing seeds to grow out for a fund raiser at the church bazaar in early June.


Seed Production:

We will be asking for volunteers to grow out open-pollinated plants for seed production.

Seed Library:

School Gardening Report:

Flower Box Project:

Trees and Shrubs:

Wish List:

New Business:


Stamford Vt Seed Savers Meeting Minutes: April 3, 2017

In attendance: Helen Fields, Stephen Greene, CJ Vadnais, Betty Vadnais, Ruth West, Priscilla Tracy, Angela Brothers.

School Classes and seed germination

Helen is on the school’s agriculture committee and will meet with them to coordinate activities between SVSS and school classes.

The kindergarten reportedly wants to grow herbs in the courtyard.

Several teachers have expressed an interest in growing plants for the town’s flower boxes.  We have discussed helping with them by providing seeds of native flowers that benefit pollinators.

Betty V. expressed interest in planting native trees and shrubs on the school campus.  Ideas for woody plants include, butternuts, hazelnuts, blueberries, and others. She will do follow-up research.

C.J. V. suggests that we ask kids to gather recycled materials for growing plants such as paper cups, boxes, milk boxes, egg cartons …

Helen F. will call school tomorrow to set up a meeting. – Ruth W. will assist in this effort

NEGEF Grow Grant status

Unknown at this time.

It is our understanding that we are not tied to line items in the proposed budget and can make changes in response to arising needs.

The proposed watering system using a 12 volt pump and PV panels was discussed.  CJ says that he has oodles of rain barrels that could be used. He thinks that a ram pump or a rotary pump might be better options for a watering system.

Seed Library

CJ has a salvaged card catalog unit from a library that he is willing to donate.  It has about 20 sliding drawers that could accommodate seed packages and could fit on top of one of the low book shelves.   It would be great for organizing and storing seeds. We will need to make a request to the library committee for approval. Stephen will take the lead on this and work through Caroline.

School fencing and garden access

Chris W. contacted us to raise a concern about a fence that is being proposed for the school playground.  Helen will go to the select board and school principal this week to find out what is being proposed and request that vehicular access for the gardens is incorporated into the plans.

Seed Saving Volunteers

A call for SVSS members to think about growing for seed production led to the following information.

Susan successfully grew blue corn last year and may have seed.

Helen tried to grow green Oaxaca corn which did not have enough time to ripen.

Stephen tried to cross two strains of pumpkins naked seeded and pie pumpkins unsuccessfully because the flowering of the two varieties were out of sync.

CJ grew quinoa which was eaten by something

Joe also tried Quinoa which also got eaten

Stephen asks members to think about picking a crop variety that they would like to grow specifically for the seed library.  We will discuss this again at the next meeting.

Helen will try amaranth this year.

Ruth would like help starting a garden.

Perhaps we could schedule garden slams to create gardens for individuals.

Fund Raising

Plant sales

There is interest in selling plants later in the spring.  There is also concern that we would be competing with commercial growers, specifically Many Forks Farm.

Sharon (MFF) grows to plant starts to order. Orders should have been submitted by April 1,  but she may be selling additional plants. Helen will get in touch with her to find out how we can avoid overlapping interests.

Helen says that 8th grader, Nick Carpenter has agreed to work with us on a pumpkin project.

There is a spring plant sale in North Adams.  Do we want to start plants for that event?

Williamstown garden club hosts a fundraiser on May 26th with perennials.

We could each grow a few trays of something and sell at someone else’s event.

Stamford church bazaar is on the first Saturday of June, We could have a table at this event.

We will bring germination mix and trays to the next meeting to get plants started.

Tree sponsorships

People could donate money to sponsor trees or berry bushes on the school grounds in support of Betty’s native tree plans.

We could create an arboretum on school grounds with trees and shrubs that are sponsored by individuals or families.

Let’s grow American Chestnuts.

Helen will contact Johnny’s Seeds for catalogs to be used in school classes.

Additional Business

We are subscribed to Seed Savers. Org and will receive packets of seeds.

Betty will contact them to find out why we are not on their online map.

Betty will talk to Micah about planting sugar maples in school yard.

CJ suggests a grafted fruit basket tree.

Next meeting will be Wed. April 17 6:00 at the fire station.  We will be filling trays with seeds for propagation.


Planning a Vegetable Garden for Pleasure, Beauty and Good Food – Tuesday Feb. 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Stamford VT Seed Savers invites you to join us for an public presentation by Sharon Wyrrick, the farmer and owner of Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg, Massachusetts. Many Forks Farm is going into its seventh season and provides produce to 50 local households through its community supported agriculture (CSA) farm share program.

Sharon will be discussing the intricacies of planning and managing a successful home vegetable garden in our region. Gardeners of all ages and levels of experience are invited to attend to share their wisdom or to learn some new tricks from a seasoned professional.

Refreshments will be served. The Stamford Community Library is located behind the Stamford Town Office and School, on Route 8 in Stamford, Vermont, just minutes from North Adams, Mass.

Sharon in Library

Public Seed Sharing Event – Feb 10, 12:00-2:00

This is our 1st Annual Seed Sharing Event. The public is invited to come to the Stamford Fire Station at 142 Stebbins Rd. on Saturday Feb. 10th from 12 to 2:00 pm. We will be offering seeds from our collection of vegetable, herb and flower varieties to anyone interested. Also, if you have seeds that you don’t need, or a favorite variety that you would like to share with others, please bring them.

Seed Sharing Event PSA

Seed Sharing Event Flyer – Reprint and distribute at will; spread the word!

Seed Sharing Image 1