2014 Heirloom/Open-Pollin­ated Seed Swap & Potluck

It's that time of year again! There may still be snow on the ground, but now is the perfect time to plan your spring garden. Please join us for an informal seed swap and potluck lunch! The plan is to meet at 2pm, share some food, and start swapping around 3pm. This will NOT be a formal, one-for-one swap; just bring extra seeds you'd like to share and take what you think you'll use! Everyone is welcome. Please see additional info below!

Seed Swap
We ask that you bring only heirloom/open-pollinated (not hybrid, F1, or GMO) seeds to the swap.  These are seeds that can be saved and planted year after year and will grow true-to-type.  If you're unsure about what this means, there is some further information here and here).

If you can, it is helpful to divide your seeds up into clearly labeled packets/envelopes for easy swapping and identification afterwards (if they are not already in packets).  Coin envelopes and small ziploc packets (used for beads and available at craft stores) work well for this.

If you're new to gardening or saving seed, please note that having/buying seeds beforehand is NOT a prerequisite to attend!  I (and I'm sure many others) would be happy to share with those looking to get started.  The goal is to get everyone interacting, and sharing information, experience and seeds.

Also, if you're looking for any particular varieties of seeds feel free to post your "wish list" on the message board below. Maybe one of the other attendees can help you out!

Potluck
When you RSVP, please post on the message board below to let everyone know what you will be bringing for the potluck.

Please contact Matt or Leah with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!


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  • Vicki M.

    Hello all! It was good to meet everyone and have the opportunity to get to know a few of you. Enjoyed sharing all the different seeds and am looking forward to trying my hand at a few I haven't planted before. Thanks to everyone for their generosity. Can't wait to get started on my garden!

    1 · February 4

  • Carolee L.

    I am so sorry but I am having a bout of vertigo. Please let me know when the next meeting is being held. I feel lousy.

    February 2

    • Matt S.

      Sorry to hear you're not feeling well! Let us know if there's some seeds you were wanting and we can put some in the mail to you or something. Feel better soon!

      February 2

  • Nellie W.

    I have tons of sunflower seeds to share (tiger eye, red sun, and mammoth), coriander, and a bunch of Marigold seeds. I also have a bunch of others but not enough to share with everyone. If you're looking for something in particular let me know and I might be able to bring some just for you! I can also bring a marker and little plastic biobagies for everyone to use. Can't wait!!!!!

    2 · January 4, 2014

    • Bethany G.

      Nellie, if its possible, my kids & i would REALLY love some of your sunflower seeds. Perhaps we can connect some other time?[masked]

      February 1

    • Matt S.

      I believe we have some mammoth sunflower seeds saved from a couple years ago. They should still be viable. You can try your luck with them!

      February 2

  • Alisha

    I have no seeds to share because last year was my first year having a garden and I didn't save any seeds but would live to come to meet new friends and gather any seeds people are willing to share! (Because I have several food allergies and follow a gluten free diet, I won't be able to participate in the potluck.)

    February 1

    • Alisha

      Hi Bethany-that's incredibly nice of you but please don't go out of your way! I am gluten, dairy, egg and soy free so it's kind of a challenge. I'm looking forward to meeting you tomorrow. :)

      1 · February 2

    • Bethany G.

      I have recipes that can accommodate that, but probably not in time for the meet up. Next time tho. ;-)

      1 · February 2

  • Dana H.

    Hi all- I can bring some dessert (likely cookies of some sort) and a variety of seeds. Look forward to meeting everyone!

    February 1

  • Carolee L.

    I have no seeds to share right now but my lasagna is to die for. If you want to give me seeds I will accept but be aware...I kill all my plants and I don't want to do that anymore. No idea what I am doing wrong.

    January 31

    • Matt S.

      No worries, Carolee. A lot of us are still learning the ins and outs of gardening. Practice makes perfect (I hope).

      1 · February 1

  • Jeremy S.

    Well I really wanted to come but have been sick. Lymph node in my neck is swollen to size of half a golf ball.

    January 31

    • Matt S.

      Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Please let us know if there's certain types of seeds you're after, and we can try to get some together for you.

      February 1

  • Richard J.

    Someone, I think Leah, sent a note asking if I would host a tour of my farm for the group. I do not know how to respond but I'm happy to do a tour when the weather warms a bit.

    January 31

    • Matt S.

      Sounds great, Richard... thank you! I think that would be an awesome opportunity. We'll get in touch once things warm up a bit.

      February 1

  • andy

    Happ to provide Kraut for the Potluck, if someone can pick it up before then, I am a cabbage choppin fool all day next Sun....

    January 30

  • Adam K.

    Lizzy and I will bring cookies!

    January 29

  • fran s.

    Newbie question? how many seeds should be in a packet?

    January 28

    • Matt S.

      Fran,
      No rules on this... (you don't even really have to dole them out into individual packets if you don't want to... we'll be bringing some baggies so people can subdivide as they wish).

      If you do want to make individual packets, just use your judgement.... e.g. people probably need more lettuce seeds than tomato, etc. Most members have smaller gardens (and even those of us with larger ones still like getting diversity in there!). Hope that helps!

      January 28

  • fran s.

    Looking for red kiri squash and luffa seeds will bring purple Cherokee tomato seeds and others

    January 28

  • andy

    Doh! Making kraut that day :-(

    January 27

  • Vicki F.

    I have to cancel. One of my grandchildren is having a birthday party at that same time now.

    January 26, 2014

  • lurley

    I won't be eating or bringing food but will bring hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomato seeds if I can make it.

    2 · January 26, 2014

  • Leah M.

    Just popping in to let everyone know we'll be bringing a bean and olive salad.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Vicki M.

    Am looking forward to finally making it to one of your Meetups! I do have some interesting heirloom seeds I can share and will be bringing a salad.

    January 26, 2014

  • Jeremy S.

    zucchini bread or zucchini casserole

    January 19, 2014

  • Carolee L.

    I can make something for the potluck. I make a mean lasagna ravioli with meat though.

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • Bethany G.

    This looks awesome!! I am new to gardening and I am trying to learn more abt heirloom veggies that can tolerate the ups & downs of Ohio weather.

    January 16, 2014

  • melinda

    I would like to attend but I have to wait until my work schedule is out. I will RSVP as soon as I know my days off.

    January 13, 2014

  • Vicki F.

    I don't have seeds to swap but I ave a pot and lots of luck...... :-)

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Adam K.

    Lizzy and I are SO EXCITED to swap seeds with y'all! We have some crimson forest bunching green onions, black cherry tomatoes, Craig's Grande Jalapeno, and Royal Chico heirloom roma tomatoes!

    I am also looking for some hop rhizomes if anyone comes across any!

    January 8, 2014

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