Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Seed Swap Listing

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 with the full details so we can add your swap.)

---------------------------------------------Saturday, January 20 - NC
7th Annual Slow Food Seed Swap
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Old Salem Visitor Center(900 Old Salem Rd.)Winston-SalemNC

Saturday, January 20  - MO
5th Annual Winter Seed Exchange
11am to 2pm
INDOORS at the Hampton Suites on the Plaza
JOIN SeedSavers-KC in Facebook and help us get the word out...
- Kansas City, MO

Saturday, January 27 - MD/DC
from 12:30–4:00PM
Washington Gardener Magazine presents the 
13th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange
For National Seed Swap Day!
at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD
Registration is now open at

 Saturday January 27 - PA
Join friends from West Vincent Sustainability and East Nantmeal EAC committees for our national seed swap and giveaway. Held at the Henrietta Hankin Library in Chester Springs. PA.
   The seed swap provides a chance to grow food that’s not typically sold in supermarkets and fosters crop diversity. 
   All budding gardeners out there, who enjoy growing new plants, will enjoy National Seed Swap Day.    
Although people have been swapping seeds since time began, nowadays people usually buy seeds and the old skill of saving and swapping seeds is disappearing from our culture. It’s a day where gardeners of all ages and experiences can come together and swap the seeds from their best plants, which is great for improving the biodiversity, in the local area.
   Bring some of your own seeds to swap - it doesn't matter what types they are or whether they're in packets or jars or even retail varieties. Tell others about your favorites and learn about new and interesting varieties. Find some heirlooms and rare finds too. Everyone could bring something to share, even something made from their own produce?!
   We'll have a special speaker discuss the art and science of seed saving and sustainability in our local food system.
Admission is free
Refreshments are provided.s

Saturday, January 27  - OH
From 9:00-10:30 AM
Join Delaware County Master Gardeners, Celebrate “National Seed Swap Day”
Bring your heirloom seeds to swap for other seeds or plants; if you have no seeds to swap, don’t worry:  there will be extras.  Just come for the fun swap activities – Free & For All Ages.
At Gallant Farm
Delaware County Master Gardeners:  Call 740-833-2030 or email:
 10 am until 1 pm
For details contact -

Saturday, January 27 - IL
Seed Swap @ Morton Arboretum 
Morton Arboretum, Thornhill Education Center,
4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53, LISLE, IL 60532 
Nonmembers: Free with Arboretum admission.

Saturday, January 27-28 - IL
Super Seed Weekend
(Swap is Sunday 3-5pm)
A weekend of events to learn, share, and swap seeds with other gardeners.
at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL

Saturday, January 27 - CO
12pm – 3pm
National Seed Swap Day
Ecotech Institute
Abbas Hall
1400 S Abilene St, Aurora, CO 80012

Saturday, January 27 - IN
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Maring-Hunt Library. Muncie IN
Description: National Seed Swap Day
Gardeners are invited to bring saved or leftover vegetable, flower, and herb seed packets to share and swap with other gardeners on National Seed Swap Day. Beginners are welcome to participate, even without seeds. Consult an expert at our Ask a Master Gardener table. Let's make it a potlock! Coffee provided, bring a dish or snack to share if you like!
Saturday, January 27 - MD
National Seed Swap Day
Westminster Branch Library
Carroll County, MD
11:00 AM
For Adults 
Registration for this event begins 1/13/2018. Register at:
It may be cold and snowy, but it's never too early to start planning your garden! Bring your heirloom or open-pollinated seeds in individually labeled packets to swap with other gardeners. We will have speakers on seed related topics, and there will be plenty of time to socialize, swap tips, and gather information with other gardeners.

Sat, January 27 - VA
10am – 2pm
Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Ln, Boyce, VA
What can gardeners do in the dead of winter when the ground is frozen and plants are dormant? Get ready for planting next spring’s garden, of course! A good way to get started is to join the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association at the Blandy Seed Exchange. There is no cost to participate in the event.

Saturday Jan 28- NE
Seed Swap in Lincoln, Nebraska
 at Two Pillars Church 1430 South Street
The event is hosted by Community Crops and Open Harvest Co-op Grocery.

Saturday, January 27 - WA
12 PM - 3 PM
Ephrata Seed Swap
Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, WA

Ephrata Seed Savers invites you to the Ephrata Public Library to share and swap seeds for the upcoming 2018 growing season. This should be lots of fun and informative also.

Saturday, January 27 - OH

Annual Winter Seed Swap 

It's that time of year again...time to plan your garden, make new friends and get some seeds!

Please come out for our biggest and best event of the year!
Coffee from Passenger's Cafe
Food from Spice Kitchen & Bar
Music from the Auld Sod, local Irish/Celtic band
Snack's from Nature's Path
This is a Zero Waste Event with help from Rust Belt Riders
SEEDS, Seeds and More Seeds (All non-GMO of Course!) from the Cleveland Seed Bank and YOU!
Special Guest Speaker - Rachel Parent! 

Rachel Parent is a Toronto-based activist and the founder of Kids Right To Know, a non-profit organization that educates young people about making healthy and environmentally sound food choices, while promoting the testing and labeling of GMOs.
Tickets are FREE, but registration is required at: 
Avoid the long lines and register in advance!

 The Annual Winter Seed Swap will be held from 2-4pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113. This event is free and open to all!

Sunday, January 28 - OR

Grow Portland's second annual Seed Swap is a chance to share seeds you have saved in your garden. 
   The event takes place on Sunday, January 28th in conjunction with National Seed Swap Day from 10am-12pm at the Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave). We will feature speaker Putsata Reang, a nationally-known journalist who will talk about early immigrant urban farmers in Portland. Close to 100 people participated in the swap last year and took home new and interesting seedsfrom native plants to varieties of Burmese dry beans. If you have seeds to share and would like to participate, sign up on our website.
  Following the event, non-profit gardening projects will be able to select from the seed bank of donated Seed Swap seeds to use in their garden projects. Find out more about our seed saving work.

Sunday, January 28 -WA
from 2-4 
First Seed Swap event here @rhubarbmarket

Friday-Saturday, February 2-4 - MEXICO
Seed Swap of SOMOS SEMILLA, A Community Seed Library in Mexico 

Saturday, February 3 - ID
Coeur d'Alene Public Library 3rd annual Seed Swap
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
The Inland Northwest Food Network, in conjunction with the Coeur d'Alene Public Library and the True to Seed Coeur d'Alene Seed Sharing Library is hosting the 3rd annual Seed Swap. The event is open to the public and is a great way to get free seeds for your garden.
   Bring your extra non-GMO seeds (home-saved or purchased) to share with others and go home with some seeds for your spring and summer planting! Learn about seed saving from some of our region’s avid seed savers, and take home seed varieties that you won’t find anywhere else and that are well-adapted to our growing conditions.
  $5 suggested donation if you don’t bring seeds to share.
Saturday, February 3 - MD
From 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Sowing Into Our Community – a discussion on growing and seed swapping in Central Prince Georges County presented by Cottage In The Court, Fiesta Place Garden, Arts On The Pike
 We will be discussing growing where you live, demonstrating different ways to start seeds, swapping seeds and sharing of offerings by local artists. There will be door prizes and lite fare from our partner Caribbean Grill.

Thursday, February 8 - WA
6 PM - 8 PM
Annual Seed Swap, Story Share & Potluck
Hosted by Harvest Pierce County
William Bichsel Social Hall (behind St. Leo Church)
 To RSVP and for more information, visit:

Saturday, February 10 - VA/DC
from 12:30–4:00PM
Washington Gardener Magazine presents the 
VA-DC Seed Exchange
at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA (outside Washington, DC)
Registration is now open at -

Saturday, February 10 - IN
9am - 1pm 
Great Indy Seed Swap
Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 E University Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Contact: Peter Kuhns, pkuhns[at-at]
317-332-6668 (text me if I don't pick up)

Saturday, February 10 - WV
WV Seed Swap
Morgantown, West Virginia
Share the bounty of your garden while growing your own! Come swap seeds with friends at this fun social event. Details on types of seeds to bring and packaging will be sent to registrants. Free. Donations encouraged. Please pre-register at

Saturday, February 10 - KS
Kaw Valley Seed Fair
at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.


Saturday, February 17 - MO

Western Lafayette Seed Swap

107 W Mason St
Odessa, Missouri

Saturday, February 24 - OH
14th Annual Seed Swap Toledo Grows
Scott High School, Toledo, OH
Admission is FREE and each attendee receives 5 free seed packets. Featuring garden displays, workshops, food, music, and children's activities.


Saturday, February 24 - UT
10 am – noon
8th Annual Ogden Seed Exchange Seed Swap!
How it works:
  • Bring your heirloom or other open pollinated seeds to share
  • If you don't have seeds to share come anyway! Pick up a package of seeds donated by several of our favorite seed companies. Purchase seeds from local seed vendors and collect seeds from the "seed exchange" table.
  • Bring baggies and/or envelopes for your exchanges and/or purchases
  • Invite your friends
  • Seed Saving Workshop
  • Hands on seed sorting/cleaning
  • Kid’s activities
  • Seedling starts
  • Raffle
  • Master Gardeners, Seed Saving and Gardening experts on site to answer your questions
 Just a few reasons to Save Seeds:
  • Increase your self-reliance
  • Preserve genetic diversity of our heirloom plants
  • Adapt varieties to your local climate and growing conditions
  • Save money by saving your own seeds and/or trading with others
  • Show off your gardening skills
  • Make connections with other gardeners and seed savers
  • Spread knowledge
Saturday March 10 - VA
 10am to noon, with doors opening to the public at 9:30am
 Willow Oaks Country Club, Clubhouse Ballroom, Commonwealth Room & Main Dining Room
                A non-perishables FOOD DRIVE for FeedMore Richmond will take place on the Clubhouse front entry porch; please bring assorted canned goods for the donations box, as Walmart has agreed to match the can-count placed in the bin by noon that Saturday

Venue Address: 6228 Forest Hill Avenue
                                Richmond, VA 23225

Admission: FREE, with seed in-hand to contribute to the public exchange tables; canned goods are optional but appreciated for our event Food Drive

If Questions or Donations to Send, Contact: Paul Haden, Willow Oaks Horticulturist –

There will be a Silent Auction, whose winning bids will be assigned to local charities. Bring your checkbook if you are feeling like a lucky bidder, because there are some ‘wow’ items and experiences on this growing list.

Tips: Bring several small Ziplock bags or sealable small containers and Sharpie markers because you will want to split many of the interesting company donated seed packets with your friends.

                You are going to want to bring business cards with you if you have any, because you will meet others who grow interesting things you want more of or who have answers to all of your questions about crops of interest.

                If you have interesting stories to share about the crops you brought, there will be a section of the event especially for you.
                If you have creative gardening topic clothing that is family friendly, we will have a contest that you can win.
                If you have a creative flair for making name tags and have a cool one on during the event, you might just be a winner.
                If you are good at naming plants or pieces of artwork, you might just be a winner.
                If you think you can guess the correct number of seeds in a container, you might just be a winner.
                If you think a book about protecting yourself against the garden gnome invasion would be hilarious, then you might just be a winner.
                If you are a plantaholic and cannot get enough of flowering life, then you are in the right place; so bring a few friends with you because you will leave with far more than you came with.

Sunday March 11 - Western MD

Community Seed Exchange

University of Maryland Extension and Frostburg Grows are proud to present a community seed exchange. This event is meant to bring together local gardeners from all skill levels to share seeds, suggestions, and stories. 

Gardeners of all ages are strongly encouraged to bring seeds to share- but seed sharing is not required. Allegany County Master Gardeners will be present to help visitors navigate the event and to answer any garden-related questions. Master Gardeners will also be giving talks/demonstrations on a variety of subjects. This is a family-friendly event and there will be a kids corner with a guided workshop on DIY seed bombs. There will also be a number of local vendors sharing information and products on a variety of topics including health and wellness, horticulture, and conservation. This event is free and open to the public.

Vendors/Organizations that will be present: 
Evergreen Heritage Center
The Nettle Patch, LLC
Wholesome Harvest Co-op

Rules for bringing seeds: 
1. Commercial and self-saved open pollinated seeds are allowed
2. No self-saved hybrids
3. Bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, and corms allowed
4. All self-saved items must be bagged and labeled with variety and date of collection

Sunday, April 8 - Chicago, IL
UIC Heritage Garden's Spring #SeedSwap 
Jane Addams Hull-House Resident's Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted

--------------------------------------------- Our current 2018 total so far is 31 swaps in 20 US states and Mexico! 
Keep checking back as we are adding new swaps to this listing all the time!

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