Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Seed Swap Listing

Here are all the Seed Swaps/Seed Exchanges taking place on or around National Seed Swap Day in 2016. (If we have missed your event, please send an email to kathyjentz@gmail.com with the details so we can add you.)

ALASKA

Starting Saturday, Jan 30th in honor of National Seed Swap Day
(and to go throughout the  2016 growing season)
Skagway Public Library, Skagway, Alaska
    The Seed Swap card catalog drawer will be reinstated at the library.  Local gardeners may access donated seeds by asking the librarian for the ‘Seed Swap’ drawer.  Please bring any well-labeled (type/ date collected) extra seed you have to swap. Info about seed viability/ longevity will be provided.
Details: Kim/ Skagway Organic Gardening Society (907)-983-2497

CALIFORNIA

8th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap Sunday, January 31, 2016  11-3pm, Free Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery A celebration to bring seeds & people together. A community program hosted by the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Non-profit www.sbpermaculture.org Co-Sponsors: Island Seed & Feed, Healing Grounds Nursery, Santa Barbara Seed Saving Guild, Super Bee Rescue,  & Botanical Interests High Quality Seed Co. On Facebook: Santa Barbara Annual Community Seed Swap: https://www.facebook.com/groups/632203483488117/


Saturday, February 27 1 to 4 p.m.
Chaparral Auditorium 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, California 93023
Bring stories, seeds, cuttings, or starts to share, and join in a tradition as old as agriculture itself. There will be seeds and plants available for sale, too. $5 suggested donation at the door. This 5th Annual Event is open to all – seed savers and seed planters alike. Generally, most seeds are freely offered by hobbyists and professionals, although there are some sales/donation requests for certain potted plants and starts, and some commercially packaged seed. For this event, there is a $5 donation request at the door to support the sponsors. Seed swaps are an uncanny kind of potlatch that we don’t see a lot of these days, especially for general public events. While one could easily score a hundred dollars worth of free seed, the knowledge of what to do with those seeds is also freely shared by many experienced gardeners and farmers there, which probably is an of incalculably higher value — it is an especially rich community in that way.
Details at: http://seedfreedom.info/events/ojai-seed-plant-swap/
or http://www.ojaicra.org/#!events/component_53793 

COLORADO

Saturday, February 13, 1-3pm
Berthoud Community Library, Berthoud, CO
Come swap seeds and donate any extra you have to help start our new seed library.
Details: 970-532-2757 or director.bpl@gmail.com


DC 

Saturday, January 30 from 12noon-4:00pm at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. 11th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange. To register: http://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2016/01/register-now-for-11th-annual-washington.html

GEORGIA

Saturday, January 23
Seed and Scion Swap from 10:30am-1:30pm
Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA
This event is free and open to all gardeners – whether you are a member of a community garden, or tend vegetables and fruit in your own yard.

RSVP at: http://wyldecenter.org/seed-and-scion-swap/  

Saturday, April 2nd 
19th Annual Old Timey Seed Swap from 1pm-6pm with potluck at 2pm
Grove Creek Farm 10 Legacy Rd Crawford GA 30630
This event is free and open to all gardeners. Please bring seeds, bulbs, plants to swap. Share and listen to old timey gardening knowledge. 

Information: http://www.grovecreekfarm.org/19th-annual-old-timey-seed-swap.html

ILLINOIS

Swap Seeds at the Frankfort Public Library Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. It’s like a potluck, but with seeds. Bring one variety of good-quality, fresh seeds (heirloom seeds are preferred, but not required) to share at this fun & casual event. Go home with many varieties of seeds. The seeds will be shared with as many as 50 people so bring enough that everyone can get a few. We will provide envelopes for the seeds you will take home. For more information call 815-534-6173 or visit the Adult Services Desk.
Or go to: http://frankfortlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=5988&lib=

Seed Exchange Feb 14 2016 @ White Oak Lockport branch Library 121 E. 8th St Lockport,Ill hosted by C.A.R.E. Citizens Against Ruining the Environment.

4th Annual Southside Organic Gardeners Seed Swap
Saturday Feb 20, 2016 from 10 – 11:30 am
U of I Extension office, 9415 S. Western Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Co-hosted with Abe Lentner, featuring guest speaker, Josh Tate who will share his methods for intensive vertical urban farming.  Bring your seeds, envelopes and a marker. Extension will supply limited materials.
Please register for this free event at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=13831

Seed Swap with Craig LeHoullier
Sunday, February 28, 2016 2 – 5 p.m.
Share and swap seeds with other gardeners. "Epic Tomatoes for the Midwest"
Chicago Botanic Garden's Alsdorf Auditorium
Free lecture; preregistration required
See: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/seedswap

INDIANA

The third annual Indy Seed Swap will be held on Jan 30, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at the Historic Benton House (312 S. Downey Ave., Indianapolis, IN). Rain or shine, sleet or 12" of snow, this seed swap will take place! This is a free event for Indy’s urban gardeners at all levels (beginner to expert). If you save seeds or just love gardening, bring your seeds and stories and share with others. If you are new to seed saving, come and learn from Indy's seed-saving community.  On the agenda for this year's seed swap will also be an introductory class on new forms of veggie/fruit gardening. 2016 is the year of succession planting and a discussion of moving to and managing a succession-planting garden will be part of the day's events. If you are ready for Spring, bring your self, seeds, and enthusiasm and let’s swap! No matter what the weather on Jan 30, we will be having this seed swap. So put it in 4-low and see you there! For more information, contact Pete Kuhns, pkuhns@gmail.com.

IOWA

Saturday, Feb 2/20 at 10 am

Quad Cities Food Hub 3rd Annual Seed Swap 
Quad Cities Food Hub, 421 West River Drive, Davenport, Iowa
Details at:http://www.qcfoodhub.com
KANSAS

Saturday, February 13, 9:00am
2015 Kaw Valley Seed Fair - KS
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence, KS
Seed Exchange. Vendors, food, lectures. More than 1,000 visitors came to the fair during each of the past three years, and we expect a similar turnout this year for this wonderful event. Bring your seeds to exchange, or just pick some up at the fair. The exchange also will include books, videos and other gardening and seed-saving resources. Please bring books, etc., that you'd like to pass on to others. We especially welcome heirloom, open-pollinated seed.

MAINE

On January 29, 10:00 a.m. at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center at 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME, explore YOUR "creative nature" as Master Gardener and Beekeeper Jean Vose discusses the basic "how to's" for creating a pollinator friendly garden and the seeds you should be purchasing and sprouting. Jean will also give an overview of Maine pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden as well as the answer to the question why all the buzz about bees and seeds.  There will be a community seed exchange beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. Remember to bring your seed catalogs and your questions. Fee: $5. For more information and to register call 563-1363. Website: www.spectrumgenerations.org


MARYLAND

Saturday, January 23 

Caroline Co. from 10am- 1pm at the Central Library-Denton. The seed swap is followed by a pot-luck meal. http://www.carolib.org/content/central-library-denton

Calvert Co. from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Calvert Library. For more information call: Calvert Library 410-535-0291 or Calvert Extension 410-535-3662

Saturday, January 30

Anne Arundel Co. at 10:00am at the Crofton Library. http://www.aacpl.net/filter-events/crofton

Carroll Co.beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library. Registration is required--beginning Jan. 16.   410-386-4488, http://library.carr.org/    

Crofton, MD Library-Free
Master Gardeners Seed Swap- a great way to try new varieties.  Contact @AlisonRolen
Montgomery Co.-from 12noon-4:00pm at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. 11th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange. To register: http://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2016/01/register-now-for-11th-annual-washington.html
  
Saturday, March 19  
Kent Co.- from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Kent County Library in Chestertown. Call 410-778-3636 for more information.

MICHIGAN

Seed Swap on Sunday Feb 28th 1-3pm
@ Creative 360  1517 Bayliss St Midland, MI 48640
Hosted by Small House Farm and C360 Community Garden.
Contact Ben Cohen 989.708.0549 or smallhousefarm@gmail.com

MISSOURI

STL seeding Frenzy SEED SWAP 2016
Saturday, January 23 at 12-5pm (every 3rd Saturday of January)
St Louis's premeire seed swap bring your seeds or bring your dreams
The lower level, exterior, and tent that will be set up are pet-friendly. Just make sure your pet can handle crowds and you are scooping ready.
Old Millstream Bar, 912 S Main St, St. Charles, Missouri63301
See: https://www.facebook.com/events/958618574226886/998180880270655/

NEBRASKA

Seed Swap on Saturday, January 30th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at  2 Pillars Church, 1430 South Street, Lincoln, NE
The Open Harvest Co-op Grocery and Community Crops Annual Seed Swap falls on National Seed Swap Day, January 30th. We will be hosting a space for the Lincoln gardening community to bring their seeds saved from last year and swap them! This is a great opportunity to see what everyone has been growing and maybe branch out and try planting something new. See-
www.openharvest.coop 
or https://www.facebook.com/events/1540087139639266/

NEW JERSEY

National Seed Swap Day at Duke Farms
Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)
See: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-seed-swap-day-tickets-20002095807?ref=ebtn

NEW MEXICO

Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11am-3:30pm
At the Main Library of the ABC Library (501 Copper NW Albuquerque, NM)
It's the 2nd annual ABC Seed Library Seed Fest! Get ready to swap, learn and make with other seedy people! We'll start things off with a closed seed swap for those with seed to trade and then open things up the rest of the day with lots of seed and information to share from community partners.
Schedule of events: 11-11:30: Closed Swap for Folks with seed to share. 11:30-12:30: Sean Ludden (Bosque Seed Collective) leads a workshop on saving vegetable seed.
12:30-1:30: Ruben Olguin (UNM, Artist) speaks on a history of indigenous seed collecting and leads an adobe seed pot-making workshop (all ages). 1:30-2: Dara Saville (Albuquerque Herbalism) speaks on seeds as medicine and food. 2-3:30pm: A free screening of the film Seeds of Time. Seedbroadcast will be outside the library the whole day to share stories. And bonus: First two hours of parking garage parking free with validation! Visit abclibrary.org/seeds for more info.

NEW YORK

Saturday, January 30, 9:30 am-12:45 pm
8th Annual Seed and Houseplant Swap - Upstate NY 

Rochester Civic Garden Center, Rochester, NY 
Co-sponsored by the Upstate Gardeners’ Journal
Fee: $15 includes both talks, the swaps, and refreshments. You are encouraged to bring seeds and houseplant cuttings to swap, but they are not required, and there will be plenty for everyone to take some home. Join us for a garden fix in the dead of winter, with two fun and informative talks and an opportunity to swap seeds and houseplant cuttings with fellow enthusiasts. Beat the winter blues and get a head start on spring.
Event details: http://www.rcgc.org/0131ss-8th-annual-seed-and-houseplant-swap

Join like-minded gardeners who are passionate about saving seeds and sharing their gardening stories at the second annual Schoharie-Otsego County Master Gardener Seed Swap at St Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church 326 Main Street in Middleburgh, NY from 9:30-10:30 am on Saturday, January 30. Come and swap vegetable, herb, and flower seeds with other gardeners from throughout our region. Network with fellow gardeners and prepare for the 2016 gardening season.
For more information contact Schoharie-Otsego County Cooperative Extension at 518-234-4303.
2nd Annual LIRSC Seed Swap. This year's swap will again be held at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. Save the date and join us on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Last year's turn out was astounding and we are so excited to bring the public more talks, demos, panels and of course SEEDS to this year's swap. See: http://shoutout.wix.com/so/1f2c47a9-57a3-40b2-92ce-012c8c1b5136?render=1#/main

NORTH CAROLINA

The Jamestown Market is proud to host its 2nd annual Seed Sway Day Sat Jan 30th and Sun Jan 31st, 2016.  Hours Sat - 9-5, Sun -12-4.
Seed Savers bring your seed to exchange with others. Don't have seed to trade, we welcome you anyway. Pick up some free seed from our donations. 
We will be having several seed starting classes throughout both days.  Enjoy a cup of coffee and pastries from our bakers, talk to a farmer, bring the family and enjoy this free event.
We are also a nonprofit organization and are also looking for donations of gardening tools, tillers and canning supplies to help low income families learn how to grow their own food.
The Jamestown Market 113 E. Main St., Jamestown, NC 27282, 336-314-0306 Find us on Facebook.

January 30, 2016 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.Old Salem Visitor Center(900 Old Salem Rd.)
Annual Seed SwapSlow Food Piedmont's 5th Annual at Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC
Join the seed swapping fun! ~Free and open to the public~
Slow Food Piedmont, with support from Old Salem Horticulture and Forsyth County Master Gardener volunteers, will hold the much anticipated, annual seed swapping event for both new and long-time heirloom seed growers.
A potluck lunch is a part of this event of fun, swap & share – you are invited to bring a dish you love to make from your garden bounty or from a favorite family recipe. Everyone is welcome.
http://www.oldsalem.org/events/event/annual-seed-swap/

OHIO

Saturday, January 30 2016, 2pm-4pm
Cleveland Seed Bank’s Annual Seed Swap 
Coffee Proper, 17823 Detroit Ave Lakewood, OH, 44107
Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about saving seeds and sharing their seed stories. Come and swap heirloom seeds, rhizomes, roots, and tubers with other gardeners across our bioregion. Learn, network and prepare for the gardening season ahead.
New this year: Bring your sourdough starters, cheese and yogurt cultures, kefir grains and kombucha scoby to share. This event is free and open to all gardeners.
Details at: http://www.clevelandseedbank.org/events/



February 27, 2016 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Seed Swap at Scott High School Toledo, OH
See: http://www.toledogarden.org/events/seed-swap-2016/

PENNSYLVANIA

Free Seed Exchange on February 20, 2016,  11am to 2pm, snowdate- February 27 same times, at the Rudy Gelnett Library, Selinsgrove, PA   17870.  All interested gardeners are encouraged to come and swap some seeds for this year's planting season.  Seeds, seed catalogs, gardening tips, gardening information, snacks and door prizes will be offered free to those attending. Details at East Snyder Community Garden <escgpa@gmail.com>

TENNESSEE

January 30, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
IJAMS GARDENING SERIES: Seed Swap, Knoxville, TN
 (All Ages) Join us for our ever popular annual seed swap at the Visitor Center. Using the seeds from the plants we grow in our own gardens allows us to repeat our successes, maintain genetic diversity and be more self-reliant.  Ijams’ Seed Swap is a free event to promote the sharing of vegetable, flower and other seeds among area gardeners.  Everyone is welcome, with or without seeds!
This program is FREE for everyone. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 for more information and registration. See: http://ijams.org/events/ijams-gardening-series-seed-swap-2/

UTAH

Ogden Seed Exchange - February 20
Ogden Seed Exchange will be hosting its 6th annual Seed Swap on February 20, 2016.  Please note our new location this year at Ogden Preparatory Academy, 1415 Lincoln Ave., Ogden, UT.   Time:  10:00 am - noon.   Bring your open-pollinated and heirloom seeds to trade.  You do not need to bring seeds to participate.  Bring extra envelopes for trades and/or purchases. 
See: https://www.facebook.com/OgdenSeedExchange/

VIRGINIA

Seed Saving School, 40th Anniverary Regional Seed Savers Exchange Meet and Seed Swap - Join us for a one day seed saving pre-conference intensive, Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at the Virginia Association For Biological Farming Conference  W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake, VA
See: http://vabf.org/conference/speakers/seed-saving-school/

Gardeners will again gather in the library for the Foundation of the State Arboretum’s sixth annual seed exchange Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Ln, Boyce, Virginia 22620. This is a free event, no tickets or reservations are required. Participants are encouraged to bring seeds, plants, roots, or cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. Native plants are especially encouraged, but no plants or seeds on the Arboretum's list of invasive plants are allowed. That list may be found at http://www.virginia.edu/blandy/blandy_web/arboretum/virginia_invasive_plants.pdf The seed exchange, which is sponsored by Our Shop and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association, will also feature a book and magazine swap. Author Forrest Pritchard will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, Growing Tomorrow. Master gardeners will also help with gardening questions. For more information call Elaine Specht at 540-459-9657 or go to: https://www.facebook.com/117613888299298/photos/gm.1220035728010796/1000980543295957/?type=3&theater

Saturday, Feb 6, 12:30-4pm
Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - VA/DC - MidAlantic
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA
Washington Gardener Magazine, the publication for DC- area gardening enthusiasts, is co-hosting the seventh annual Washington Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens. This event includes lectures, face-to-face seed swap, and more. You bring your extra seeds to swap with other gardeners. Everyone will leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends and expert planting advice. Fee includes lectures, goody bag and seed swap. Register by calling 703-642-5173. Fee: $20/person $15 for Washington Gardener subscribers and Friends of Green Spring. For more information, contact Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine, 301-588-6894, WGardenermag@aol.com.
Details at:  http://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2016/01/register-now-for-11th-annual-washington.html
Directions: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/

WASHINGTON

The Great Seattle Seed Swap, NW -- Saturday, Jan. 30, 1:30-4 p.m., Community Room, Brick Building, Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. See http://kingcoseed.org/events/ 

Heirloom Seed Seed Swap - Bellingham's 8th Annual.
Sunday January 31st -Doors Open 3pm
"Honoring Biodiversity of Seeds for Food & Medicine"
* Amateur & Professional Seed-Savers Welcomed.
* Seed-Potatoes & Permaculture -ly Edible Tubers Too!

Majestic Hall-Inspiration Farm http://www.inspirationfarm.com
619 E. Laurel Rd Bellingham, Wa. 98226
See the facebook event listing - https://www.facebook.com/events/1721867661378725/

Historic Venersborg Schoolhouse Seed Swap  Battle Ground, WA
Sunday, January 31, 1:00-4:00pm Flowers~Vegetables~Herbs~Ornamentals~Edibles. Many are local saved seeds, non-GMO, heirloom and more. Thanks to a few generous people there will be a wide selection with many varieties. Bring your own extras if you have any. Visit with new and experienced gardeners and start dreaming of spring! Here is a partial list: basil, beans, beets, borage, broccoli, calendula, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, dill, fennel, kale, lettuce, marigold, melons, nasturtium, nigella, onion, parsley, peas, peppers, poppies, pumpkins, radish, squash, sunflowers, swiss chard, tomatoes, zinnias and more.
Informal soup/snack potluck and non-perishable food drive to benefit the North County Community Food Bank.
Details at: http://venersborg.blogspot.com/


The Great Seattle Seed Swap, NE -- Saturday, Feb. 6, details TBA. See http://kingcoseed.org/events/

Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange -- Saturday, Feb. 6, Cedarcrest High School, Duvall, details TBA. See http://kingcoseed.org/events/

The Great Seattle Seed Swap, West Seattle -- Sunday, Feb. 21, 2-3:30 p.m., Seattle Public Library, West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave SW, Seattle. See http://kingcoseed.org/events/


 

Our current 2016 total so far is 46 swaps in 24 states! 
Keep checking back as we are adding new swaps to this listing all the time!