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What IS National Seed Swap Day and How Did it Get Started?

Swapping Seeds: A Gardening Tradition and Hallmark of GREEN Living!

The seed swap is a fundamental part of human history. Seeds were one of the first commodities valued and traded. Today, modern gardeners collect and exchange seeds for many reasons ranging from cultivating rare, heirloom varieties to basic thrift. The exchange of seeds perpetuates biodiversity. It is an act of giving and the ultimate form of recycling.

The first annual Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange was held in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2006. Kathy Jentz, the editor/publisher of the magazine had the last Saturday of January named an official holiday and National Seed Swap Day was born. After that event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have joined in celebrating National Seed Swap Day each year on (or around*) the last Saturday in January.

Please help spread the word on this fun, green occasion!


*We consider any seed swap taking places two weeks before or two weeks after the actual National Seed Swap Day to be part of our celebration.

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Here are all the Seed Swaps/Seed Exchanges taking place on or around National Seed Swap Day in 2018.  They are listed in date order. (If we have missed your event, please send an email to kathyjentz@gmail.com with the full details so we can add your swap.)
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Old Salem Visitor Center(900 Old Salem Rd.)Winston-Salem, NChttp://www.oldsalem.org/events/event/annual-seed-swap/

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2017 Seed Swap Listing

Here are all the Seed Swaps/Seed Exchanges taking place on or around National Seed Swap Day in 2017.  They are listed in date order. (If we have missed your event, please send an email to kathyjentz@gmail.com with the full details so we can add your swap.)

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Saturday, January 21, 2017, noon to 3:00 p.m. Seed Swap @ Morton Arboretum Morton Arboretum, Thornhill Education Center, 4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53 LISLE, IL 60532  Free with pre-registration http://www.mortonarb.org/courses/seed-swap ---------------------------------------------
January 21th, 2017 4th Annual Winter Seed Exchange - Kansas City, MO
11am to 2pm INDOORS at the Hampton Suites on the Plaza
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