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Tell Us About Your Local Seed Swaps

 
Joseph Lofthouse
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Are you hosting or attending a local seed swap? Tell us about it ahead of time. Perhaps we can meet you there.

Did you recently attend a seed swap? What did you like about it? What would you like to do differently next year?

Hosting a seed swap can be as easy as setting up a meeting time/location, and then advertising the heck out of it. Some tables and chairs help a lot, and it's nice to be out of the rain.

 
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I'm expecting to attend two seed swaps this spring. I attended both of these swaps last year. They were great swaps. I'm bringing seeds for gifting, for swap, for sale, and for food.

Congratulate me on being at my lowest weight in decades, and I'll feel so content that I'll give you a free packet of seeds. And I'm single now, so don't feel shy about introducing yourself.

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The first is hosted by the People's Market in Salt Lake City. The swap runs from 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday, February 6th, 2016, in the auditorium at the Sorenson Center at 855 California Ave, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Workshops will be held in the classrooms.

4:15 to 5 Fred Montague "3x6 Beds and Why We Should Garden" Rm #1
5:15 to 6 pm Jen Colby "Slow Food Sark of Taste" Preserving seeds to preserve biodiversity - Rm #1
4 to 4:45 Felecia Maxfield-Barrett "Starting Seeds Indoors" Rm #2
5:00 to 5:45 Patricia Messer "Preserving Peppers to Rose Petals" Rm #2
6 pm to 6:45 pm TBD No Wasted Space

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The second is hosted by The Ogden Seed Exchange. 10 AM to Noon, February 20th, 2016 at the Ogden Preparatory School, 1415 Lincoln Avenue, Ogden, Utah.





 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
The first is hosted by the People's Market in Salt Lake City. The swap runs from 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday, February 6th, 2016, in the auditorium at the Sorenson Center at 855 California Ave, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Really? There's a 1 in a 1000 chance I will be in SLC during that time. If I can make it work, I will drop by, with husband in tow and dog in the car.
 
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I'm not hosting, but I'll be attending Seedy Saturday in Victoria BC.

No poster picture, but I don't want to feel left out, so I found this "Inspiring poster of seeds designed by Taarini Chopra" that the Seedy Saturday organizers tweeted.




I love seedy saturday. I spent a good chunk of time, enjoying listening to the hum of people in the room. It was also overwhelming to have that many people pressing against each other when I spend most of my day on the farm with the growy things. For a gentler sole like me, I missed out on a lot because I couldn't push my way through the mass of people in front of each stall. My favourite seed seller had no less than six rows of people packed around his booth... so I gave up and ordered by mail. But, it was delightful to see how enthusiastic the crowd was about seeds.


Last year they had a seed exchange table. It was... challenging for me.

I was so excited, it was my first Seedy Saturday, so I carefully measured and labeled my seeds with everything from when harvested, to germination rate, to number of seeds... only to discover that many people people wrote "beans", "tomatoes", "yummy green thing".... or nothing at all, with just some seeds in a clear plastic bag (with a bit of condensation on the inside). This disappointed me. The majority of the seeds were better, they had things like "white runner beans", "beefsteak tomato", "Kale".

When we arrived with the seeds, we were directed to fill out a very intense form with planting data, harvesting location, germination tests... blablabla, it's two sided! Even I don't have that kind of information. I bet it put a lot of people off. The form goes in the file, and the number that corresponds to that form gets written on the seed packet before you take it to the exchange table. In theory, if you want to look up the details of the "squash" you can go to the file and seek it... only it's not that easy, and the volunteers were overwhelmed, so no one did. I don't know what the point of it was.

We then take our seeds to the table and put them in the corresponding section. At that point, we have an opportunity to select from the seeds that are already there. In theory we should swap one to one, but they gave that up the first half hour into the show. People just took what they wanted.

I got some white runner beans (which were really old seed and one out of the packet germinated), and a paste tomato... which had a disease, which spread to the rest of my tomatoes and because the disease came from the seed, I didn't save any seeds from my crop this year, which delayed my breeding project.

Oh dear, I didn't mean to turn that into a real downer... maybe it could be used as inspiration by others to make their seed exchange run smoother?


More positive things about our seedy saturday:
  • local seed sellers
  • talks by local growers about everything from saving seeds, to how to cook pulses
  • local food artisans also selling at the event
  • Meeting other people who are passionate about seeds
  • Finding seeds I've been looking for but the internet seems to draw a blank


  • We have another 16 days until seedy saturday, and I've already have my lunch planned and which skirt I want to wear, provided I can loose a bit of this winter girth between now and then. I'm so excited!
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