Yesterday’s SMBMSP gathering had a twist that was most interesting – social media and gardening. Just the other weekend we planted our garden; not to brag but we’re already seeing some sprouts! I will be honest and say that I was a little disappointed in that there was more discussion about Social Media than there was about gardening. Regardless, I still learned a ton. The panel consisted of: Debbie Morrison @sapsuckerfarms, Susan Berkson @berksons, Lee Zukor @leezukor, and Bonnie Dean. Unfortunately, there were others but I didn’t catch their names. If someone knows, please forward those on!
Yards to Gardens
Yards to Gardens could be described as the Craigslist to gardening. Yards to gardens has four main goals 1) Help you look for space to garden. 2) Help you share your extra compost, dirt, and seeds. 3) Help you find gardeners to take advantage of that extra space (potential garden) in your yard. 4) Helps you share any extra gardening tools like shovels and spades. Check out their website if you’re interested in gardening. They’ll help you find space to garden and hook you up with individuals that know how to garden.
Jesse Eustis from Yards to Gardens was showing everyone how to make “seed bombs”. These awesome little little things are seeds and dirt wrapped in a ball of clay. Once they are made you simply have to plant, water, and watch the seeds grow. The seeds are surrounded with all the nutrients needed to grow. Check out this Instructables.com article on how to make them.
PlantJotter.com was brought up as a discussion topic but was never really explained or shown to the audience. It’s a really neat tool for keeping track of every little detail of your garden. You’re able to log: what you planted, how it’s going, upload pictures, and has a garden maintenance calendar. It’s looks neat but it’s not free. You can try it for 30 days and if you still want to use it you can simply pay the $21 annual fee or the $45 three year fee.
Words of Advice from the Panel
- When using Social Media be sure to not only promote yourself but others as well.
- Social Media can be a timesuck.
- Approving content [blog comments] is needed. If this action was not taken then conversations and content could be misguided. As a result, loyal followers may become disinterested in the content.
- If there is negative talk/comments then try to use a positive voice to redirect the conversation.
- One of the panelists continues to use LISTSERVs. It’s not broken so why fix it?
- “Adopt a Grower” – as in, offer your skills (web development, photography, blogging, etc) in return for some fresh produce.
- Use traditional media [radio] to drive Social Media.
- Is food knowledge being lost? There are a lot of older gardeners out there that may not have the chance to share their knowledge with the younger generations. How can this knowledge be shared? Community gardening may be the answer.