Seeds sought for African community during Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

Seeds sought for African community during Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

URBANA — This year's One Community Together programming at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is reaching out to the community for donated seeds.

Seed, Feed and Flourish: Families Stamping Out Hunger Together is an effort to collect vegetable seeds to send to the eastern Zambian community of Musalila.

Musalila, which means "crying" in the local language, is a small village whose residents survive on less than $1 a day.

The seeds will be collected from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the festival. They can be delivered to either Scott Schwartz or Nicole Bridges at the OCT stage, located at the north end of Broadway Avenue.

Organizers hope to receive a wide variety of vegetable seeds, including tomato, cucumber, okra, collard greens, turnip, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, potato, radish, yam, beet, kale and broccoli.

The residents of Musalila are particularly fond of green beans and sweet corn. The seeds will be taken to Musalila in November.

For more information about the seed drive, contact Nicole Bridges at

For a preview of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival and Motor Muster, check out the e3 magazine Thursday in The News-Gazette.

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