CALLING ALL FELLOW REVELERS:  It’s time for the Big BK Seed, Etc., Exchange.  The BBSE will take place in Kensington, Brooklyn, on  SEPT. 17, 2011, 3-6 p.m.  We hope to see a lot of people there – the more participants, the better the seed pool, and of course more revelry for all!  Please RSVP by sending an email to with the following information:

1.  Your Name & Email Address

2.  Your Blog (if any – or FB page, or anything else you want to promote)

3.  Seeds You Have (please specify whether they’re heirloom, how long you’ve had them, if they’re commercial, etc.)

4.  Seeds You Want

5.  Starter Plants You Have (if any, and want to bring)

6.  Starter Plants You Want (if any, and want to take home)

7.  Gardening Books/Mags/Guides You Have (that you are willing to let go of)

8.  Gardening Books/Mags/Guides (or on subjects) You Want

9.  Your Location

10.  RSVP – if you want to participate in person and meet fellow gardeners in Brooklyn, tentative dates: 9/17  in the early afternoon.  This will be a gardenluck – I’m asking everyone to bring at least one dish to pass that has something grown from your garden (be it a backyard, windowsill, or dashboard).  Also calling on anyone with special expertise in any area of gardening (with particular plants, planters, composting, etc.) to give a quick talk on tips to help your fellow revelers.

Meemsnyc at and I are proposing the following labeling so the seeds will have consistent/easy to read labeling – please include ten seeds per packet:

The Big BK Seed, Etc., Exchange

Seed Name: _______________________

Quantity: ______ Date Collected: ______

Source of Seed: ____________________

Seeds from: _(name of gardener here)____

Contact Info: _(email/phone)__________

Blog__(if any)_____________________

Wildman Steve Brill Makes a Surprise Appearance Here

Hey all, awhile back I mentioned my budding interest in foraging and native plants.  All the better if I can combine them together, right?  So I’ve been reading about edible and medicinal plants, and even dabbling in developing my palate in this latest greatest cuisine craze.  I’m excited to say that I plan to take the foraging tour this weekend.  I reached out to “Wildman” Steve Brill, author of the foraging guide I’m currently reading.  I thought I would post his response, since it’s particularly timely today, in light of breaking news of increasing food prices and food shortages.  Depressing as all that is, kudos to folks who are doing something about it (e.g., G-20 Ag ministers spearheading a movement for greater transparency by country of what’s being produced, what’s about to come up short, and what the heck is going on w/food prices, so that shortages can be caught sooner and the veil gets lifted on what’s really driving price increases) and a nod to more local efforts to increase food production on a local scale.   I encourage you all to join me Saturday in Prospect Park for the foraging tour….

In the meantime, words from the Wildman…[from an email from Steve Brill]

I look forward to seeing you on an upcoming foraging tour. Enjoyed reading your blog too.

Unfortunately, by buying my book from the book industry rather than getting a signed copy from my site,, they got all but 6 cents of your money. Please get other books from me, or check out my app

Elderberries have feather-compound leaves while dogwoods have simple leaves, explained in the intro section of the book and the app’s glossary. And you can always post pictures.

Happy Foraging!