Vermont Community Garden Network hosts its seventh annual seed swap. Peruse an array of rare and heirloom seeds, snag favorites from other local gardeners, or just offload excess from your collection. Learn to save your own garden seeds with Mara Welton of Half Pint Farm, or talk container gardening with Julie Rubaud of Red Wagon Plants. Ever wonder how Vermont's original residents fed their families year-round, despite the short growing season? Ethnobotanist Fred Wiseman discusses efforts by local Abenaki groups to restore native food crops and agricultural practices.
7th Annual Burlington Seed Swap: Saturday, March 11, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free.
More food events
Full Barrel Cooperative Brewery & Taproom Mardi Gras Homebrew Social: Co-op homebrewers and new recruits gather to sample each other's beers, ciders and snacks. Saturday, March 11, 5-8 p.m., Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Burlington. Free; ages 21+; preregister to bring your brew. email@example.com
Péché Day: Discern the nuances among six versions of Péché Mortel, an imperial coffee stout from Montréal's Dieu du Ciel brewery. Can you taste traces of bourbon in a barrel-aged version — or stone fruits in a peach rendition? Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m. to midnight, Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier. Cost of food and beverage. 223-8277, threepennytaproom.com
Empty Bowl Benefit: Sup on soup and crusty bread, then take home a handcrafted ceramic bowl for keeps! Proceeds support the Vermont Foodbank. Sunday, March 12, 4:30-7 p.m., the Mud Studio, Middlesex. $5-25; free for kids under 5. 477-4146, themudstudio.com