The Charlotte's Garden Project, conceived by two next-door neighbors (one lost her house and garden; the other was luckier), invites fellow gardeners in Eastern Idaho (and beyond) to help us regenerate our land. Participating involves only a little time and effort, and minimal expense.
We're asking our gardening neighbors to save seeds from their plantings through the summer and fall this year and pass them on to those impacted by the fire. We'll inform our neighbors who suffered damage about what's donated and invite them to gather for a seed sharing day in the early fall, when they can collect free seeds and either plant them before the fall rains (if appropriate for the variety) or save them for spring planting. We're hoping to receive perennial, biennial, wildflower, and annual (especially self-seeding annual) flower seeds, along with vegetable seeds. That way, people who have lost beloved plantings can begin to plan spring gardens again and in some cases comfort themselves with the knowledge that fall-sown seeds are sleeping and gathering strength on their scorched property - knowledge that will certainly cheer their hearts as they face the coming winter.
To help and for more information, please visit the Charlotte's Garden project page.