Spring 2013 Heirloom/Open-Pollin­ated Seed Swap!

  • February 9, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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The winter is in full swing and the seed catalogs have arrived.  There's no better way to beat back the winter blahs than planning next year's garden.  Whether you've got a single window box or acres of ground in which to plant, knowing what you'll be planting where is always a huge help come the busy days of spring.

So let's get together, share some food and swap some seeds!

 

This event will include:

- Heirloom/Open Pollinated seed swap

- Potluck

- Free Stuff Table

 

A few notes:

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.

For the potluck, please let us know what you're planning on bringing when you sign up for the event, to help others plan what they're bringing.

The Free Stuff table is simply an opportunity for group members to offer up any items they no longer need or aren't using to somebody else in the group who would.  We are going to try and make this a recurring feature at all our events.  Books, kitchen items, small appliances, gardening stuff, tools, canning supplies, work clothes etc. are all good examples. Any items that don't get taken will be boxed up and brought to future events!

[IMPORTANT NOTE: The library technically closes at 6pm, and while our event is allowed to run later, we're not allowed to let people in after 6pm.  So if you're planning to attend, please do arrive before 6!]

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  • Elizabeth N.

    I remember when I RSVPed, I was asked what seeds I was looking for and, maybe, what I would be bringing. Is that information on a thread somewhere? At any rate, I will bring quite a bit of different vegetable seeds to share, and am specifically looking for everbearing strawberry seed as well as vining type of nasturtium.

    February 1, 2013

    • Elizabeth N.

      I just remembered this. Thank you! I'd love to harvest some nettles if you have extra...otherwise, they make for excellent tea, spanikopita, quiche, compost tea, etc.!

      February 12, 2013

    • Leah M.

      We'll likely have extra. We made a great nettle risotto last year! Looking forward to putting them to other uses as well :-)

      February 12, 2013

  • Elizabeth N.

    Milo, Rudi and I had a great time. I always feel so rich after trading seeds:) Thanks again Everyone!

    February 12, 2013

  • Robin

    Great meeting everyone! Really excited for my garden now!

    February 11, 2013

  • Matt S.

    Thank you all for coming and we hope you had a good time! We'll start a thread in the Discussions section where people can post pics of their garden progress this season if they'd like.

    Here's links to helpful charts that details generally good times to start seeds and sow plants. I know we're right on the edge of Zone 5 and Zone 6 now depending on who you ask, so I included both.

    http://veggieharvest.com/calendars/zone-5.html
    http://veggieharvest.com/calendars/zone-6.html

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Natalie

    I had a great time! Also, thanks to Matt and Leah for bringing so many seeds to share!

    3 · February 9, 2013

    • Leah M.

      Thanks for making it out! We'll keep in touch and figure out a time when you can come visit our place!

      February 10, 2013

  • Leah M.

    Thanks to everyone who made it out! It was great to put faces to names and share good food and conversation... and get rid of some excess seeds in the process!

    February 10, 2013

  • Dave B.

    Debbie and I want to thank everybody. We enjoyed meeting you and discussing everyone's situation and dreams. Not to mention eating the food!! It will be nice to help and share as each of our gardens (and chickens, rabbits, goats, etc) thrive. Maybe in the future we can have a meetup at which we exchange the veggies we grew!

    3 · February 10, 2013

  • Leah M.

    Here's a consolidated list of what everyone is looking for/bringing:

    ELIZABETH:
    - Looking for: grains (wheat, rye, barley, spelt, oats, etc.), stinging nettle, chamomile and other herbs.
    - Bringing: Gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookie pie

    ROBIN:
    - Looking for: hot peppers, roma tomatoes, black eyed susans, lavender, rosemary, sage, mint.
    - Bringing: Peppers, echinacea, pawpaw, cukes, radishes, four-o-clocks, zinnias, moonflowers, straightneck squash, scarlet carrots; tomatoes--golden boy, mr. stripey, green zebra, purple cherokee, sweet grape, yellow pear, amish paste, white cherry, black cherry.

    TERESA:
    - Looking for: Tomatoes
    - Bringing: Mac and cheese.

    NELLIE:
    - Looking for: "I am very new to seed saving so I would love anything! So far all I have are kale seeds."
    - Bringing" Possibly vegan carrot cake.

    MICHAEL:
    - Looking for: Beginner gardener's seeds
    - Bringing: Savory spicy sweet potato soup

    February 3, 2013

    • Natalie

      I'm bringing vegetarian warm salsa cream cheese dip and tortilla chips (gluten free). Seeds: tomatoes, onions, lettuce, cucumber. I will bring extra tiny bags and my seeds from 2012, as well, if anyone wants to try them. I have several herbs and tomato varieties (most should still be viable, though I read some things, like chives don't germinate after their first year. Last year's dill just germinated for me, though!)

      February 9, 2013

    • Teresa M.

      I changed my mind about the mac and cheese. I'm bringing a cucumber salad. It has peanuts in it. So heads up to anyone with a peanut allergy!!

      February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i so wish I could come to this. You guys have a great time. Bless you.

    February 8, 2013

  • Dave B.

    We will bring bbq pulled chicken and buns for sandwiches.

    February 5, 2013

  • Lynne

    My work schedule just came out and I have to close on seed swap night. I'm bummed. Sorry I can't come.

    February 1, 2013

    • Leah M.

      Also, you will want to consider how much space you have and what you want to grow based on what you will actually use. In my opinion, some great veggies for a beginner garden would be tomatoes, lettuce/greens, snap peas and/or pole beans, zucchini, small peppers (e.g. jalapenos, banana peppers), and assorted herbs (basil, chives, rosemary).

      February 4, 2013

    • Lynne

      Thanks Leah. I'm getting a plot in my community garden, its 10x20. I don't have to use all of it and it won't be available until April 1st, so maybe May is a good fit. Thanks again for your help.

      February 4, 2013

  • Natalie

    Two things: I haven't done a seed swap before. I received the seeds I ordered from rareseeds.com and I have some seeds I ordered last year from victoryseeds.com. All are open-pollinated or heirlooms. How many should I bring of each seed? Some were by weight, some are done by seed count and I want to keep some, as well. Also, I think I will bring a hot cream cheese and salsa dip and tortilla chips. I'll make the vegetarian (but mot vegan) version. Also, I always cook gluten-free.

    January 13, 2013

    • Robin

      I went to the "Local Matters' seed swap and a lot of people pre-packed seeds in envelopes and others just brought seeds in bulk and people could portion out what they wanted. I did mine in packs of 10 seeds, since I don't have large quantities.

      February 1, 2013

    • Leah M.

      This is similar to what we're planning. Having small packets of seeds works best, but if you have bulk seeds we can bring some extra packets/baggies so that they can be portioned out at the event. I know we will be bringing some bulk seeds to give out this way.

      February 1, 2013

  • Elizabeth N.

    Just wondering if you folks know that the OEFFA annual conference is coming up? Feb 16 and 17 in Granville. Here's the link to more info and registration. http://www.oeffa.org/conference2013.php

    1 · January 16, 2013

    • Elizabeth N.

      Thanks for posting it there, Matt. It is indeed costly, and such a large event is inherently costly to bring about. Having been a couple times I can easily say that the conference is one of the most inspiring sustainable farming events in central Ohio!

      January 21, 2013

    • Nellie W.

      I signed up to go! I also joined OEFFA which saved me a bunch of money on registration. It was also cheaper for me because I'm a student. If anyone else is going we could consider a carpool.

      January 21, 2013

  • Natalie

    http://wintersown.org/wseo1/Your_Choice_Tomato_SASE.html

    Free tomato seeds! I thought members might be interested.

    2 · January 20, 2013

    • Matt S.

      Indeed! Thanks for posting!

      January 20, 2013

  • Elizabeth N.

    Yahoo! I helped organize the swap last Oct with Local Matters, so it's wonderful to see other people hosting seed swaps! I hope to come with fiance and toddler.

    January 16, 2013

  • tash

    This sounds great, but I have a newborn that wouldn't appreciate being out so late. Maybe when she is older I can do one. (I also saved no seeds this year since I was pregnant and tired).

    January 16, 2013

  • Lynne

    I don't have any seeds but I would so more info for a first timer!

    January 14, 2013

  • Natalie

    Is it okay if I invite a few friends? Also, I'm not sure what I will bring to share.

    January 9, 2013

    • Matt S.

      Of course! The more the merrier. We are needing to get everybody there and in before 6pm though (when the library technically closes), so please make sure they're aware of that.

      January 9, 2013

    • Natalie

      Thanks! I will!

      January 9, 2013

  • Leah M.

    So far we are planning on bringing chili (which will be vegetarian/vegan) and broccoli salad. We are also planning on providing paper plates, utensils, and water and/or other drinks. All you'll have to bring is a serving utensil for your dish!

    January 5, 2013

    • Natalie

      I just ordered seeds. I think they are all heirloom, so I will bring them.

      January 8, 2013

  • Robin

    I attended the Local Matters seed swap a couple months ago and have a lot of seeds from that event to share, as well as some from my own garden. For the potluck, I will bring a lemon cake. Please let me know if everyone is vegan (I'm most definitely not!) if so I will bring something else. Thanks!

    January 6, 2013

    • Leah M.

      Sounds great! We have some vegetarians/vegans in the group, but Matt and I are not - we eat everything! So it's up to you what to bring (though lemon cake sounds delicious!)

      January 6, 2013

  • Nellie W.

    Might bring vegan carrot cake. That's my idea so far but I'll update that if it changes.

    January 4, 2013

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