Annual Trading Post PLANT Swap & Skill-Share

Please join us for our annual "Portland Trading Post" PLANT Swap!!  This is by far our biggest swap of the year.  You're still welcome to bring other items, per usual, but the focus this month is plants plant plants!  Its getting close to time to get in the dirt, so bring anything you can.  Indoor plants, outdoor plants, perennials, annuals, fruit, whatever you've got to share.  There will be tons to trade, and lots of great information being passed along.  We'll also be having a skill share on Seed Saving, so make sure and catch that.  We are going to have tables set up outside (weather permitting) this year, but the indoor space will be part of it too. We look forward to seeing all of you for one of our most exciting events of the year!!!


Trading Post events are free, open to all and have minimal rules. Space may be limited so please take your RSVP seriously. Canned goods, plants, seedlings, seeds, preserved or fresh produce, hand-made items, etc. are all welcome at Portland Trading Post.  You can also bring books and clothes.

NEW! We are now combining these swaps with skill-sharing!

The main idea is that we are stepping outside of the cash economy and mutually "gifting" things to each other in a way that turns whatever we have in abundance into a diversity of goodness and good will.

In the past, people have used the "comments" area of this page to talk about what they think they might be bringing which drums up early interest:)

The only guidelines are:

No cash changes hands.

Don't start the swapping until everyone's there and has a chance to look around at what's on offer (about 15 minutes in).

You can swap with someone or simply "gift" things to each other without taking a return item. Your choice.

You can use and trade "time dollars" if you are a member of the local time bank (Hour Exchange Portland).

Make sure you've found a home for all your stuff before you leave (or take home what hasn't been gifted).

If you bring a food item with multiple ingredients, pls label. Please use the comments area of this page to talk about what you might be bringing or seeking.

This is a social and casual event.  Family and kid-friendly.  Coffee and tea provided by The Resilience Hub.  If you'd like to bring a snack or sample to share, that's great.  If you'd like to offer a short skill-share on something you like to do, that would be awesome as well....just email the organizer in advance.  If you have flyers or info about other cool things happening around town, bring those for our bulletin boards.  Bring business cards to post on our Friends & Members Enterprise Zone wall, too.

See you at the swap!

 

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  • Deborah G.

    One more thing...I left the Fire Cider at the Resilience Hub today. I had meant to have the label say that added honey was something you might want to do for yourself. I did add some, but you may wish to add more to your own taste and of course honey is medicinal as well.

    July 22

  • Deborah G.

    Hi Folks,
    For those of you to whom I promised some Fire Cider at this swap, I finally have it ready for you to pick up. I'm not exactly sure who you are (except for a few of you), but I'll have some at the Resilience Hub this week after Tuesday. Lisa says the office is usually open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday.

    2 · July 20

  • abbie s.

    Didn't the sun come out at the perfect time?! What a joyous event and a wonderful way to start our planting season. Everyone was so open and friendly regardless of how much you bring. Next year I will have my offerings labelled ahead of time. Thank you Lisa and Jesse, thank you for that great orange ginger carrot cake :), and to everyone who came bearing gifts.

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Deborah G.

    I particularly wanted to thank Aaron for packaging up my plant order, roots and seeds, a lot of work I know, but very much appreciated.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Melissa A.

    Thanks everyone-what a great time! So happy to have my new babies in the ground :)

    April 28, 2014

  • Ellen H.

    My little one and I LOVED it! She was so excited to get the strawberries, irises, grape twigs, and houseplants! Sorry I don't remember who anyone was, so thank you to all!

    1 · April 27, 2014

    • Mihku P.

      Good luck with the strawberries. I'm pretty sure those are Ozark June bearing. I was really impressed with your scoby!

      April 28, 2014

  • Mihku P.

    Yes! Thanks so much for putting this together. I had a great time and was reluctant to leave. Made some awesome trades and some material was gifted to me.
    And lo and behold I ran into some friends that I did know would be at this event. This was a good experience.

    April 28, 2014

  • Hannah F.

    A huge thank you to everyone for another great plant swap! We're so excited to put our new friends into the ground and get to know them better. It was lovely to see/meet you all yesterday!!!

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Deborah G.

    It was a great afternoon spent in the sun! Also got to meet and sniff English violets for the first time :). Loved meeting everyone and am grateful for all the generosity and work this event required.

    2 · April 28, 2014

  • Jesse M.

    Thank you so much everyone for help making this a wonderful, informative, and fun event! Great to see so many new faces, and re-connect with old friends.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Donanne D.

    I thought the swap was amazing!! I love my strawberries, currants and wormwood and more. Thank you all !!!

    April 28, 2014

  • Elizabeth W.

    Great to see everyone, and thank you all for your generosity! I'm so looking forward to seeing how everything grows! And thanks Lisa and Jesse for organizing and hosting - you're the best!

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Shawn M.

    We had such a wonderful time! Almost Everything is in the ground! Thank you all! Another superb Reslience Hub event!

    April 27, 2014

  • Pam

    Thank you to all such a fun, lively exchange! I live in Kittery and have a lot of stuff I can divide. Just msg me and we can walk my property and you can dig up stuff as it emerges from winter sleep!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Terri E.

    Wonderful event, hosts Lisa and Jesse...appreciate you walking a first-timer through. Thanks Jesse for walking onions and garlic. Thanks Marla for broom. Thanks Lisa for celery plant (what type was that?) and garlic. Thanks to the UVM-shirted woman who traded me for her elderberry tincture. And thanks Rowan for the fascinating rock....a reminder of a wonderful time! My guest Tammy thanks you for her trades too.

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Mischa

    amazing afternoon with amazing folks!

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Donanne D.

    I've got rhubarb and I would love some wormwood

    April 27, 2014

  • Mihku P.

    I have tomato seedlings, all heirloom types but for one.
    OP seed so you can save the seed from them. Black Krim, San Marzano, Pineapple, Principe Borghese sun-drying, and Brandywine. Unfortunately, my grafted plants are not ready but the others are. I also have some Calendula Pacifica (older medicinal type), strawberries (June bearing Ozarks organically grown),
    and possibly wormwood.

    April 27, 2014

    • Deborah G.

      Wonderful Mihku. Lots of great stuff.

      April 27, 2014

  • Aaron P.

    I was going to list the plants i will have available so people could make requests, but it went over the character limit so check out my list here http://members.gardenweb.com/members/exch/infiniteohms .
    If you want one of these plants please request ahead of time as i can't bring them all!

    I am looking for a bucket of really good quality (ie never went anaerobic) fungal dominated (ie lots of woody stuff in it) compost for making compost tea out of until i have homemade compost ready.

    2 · March 5, 2014

    • Mihku P.

      Yes, absolutely. I've been composting for years. I teach composting with the Portland Community Gardens. Once, when I moved, I went back a week later with a wagon and buckets and took my compost from the back yard! I mean, they weren't going to do anything with it and it was precious stuff!

      April 25, 2014

    • Mihku P.

      I could use some rhubarb. Don't have any in Stroudwater.

      April 27, 2014

  • Karin S

    I have jerusalem artichokes, bergomot, evening primrose, hops and possibly horse radish.

    April 21, 2014

    • Aaron P.

      Hannah, I will try and bring some bergomot.

      April 26, 2014

    • Hannah F.

      If you can't it's ok too... I'm going to get some from Aaron as well. Feel well!

      April 27, 2014

  • Donanne D.

    I have everbrearing raspberries

    April 27, 2014

  • Hannah F.

    Hi everyone! I just dug some English violet (the scented ones- violeta odorata), Chinese artichoke, Egyptian onion, and hens and chicks

    April 26, 2014

  • Hannah F.

    Does anyone have birdsfoot trefoil they could bring to trade?

    April 26, 2014

  • Gretchen V.

    Bringing a bunch of herb divisions, lots of nettles!

    2 · April 16, 2014

    • Hannah F.

      We'd love some nettles!

      April 26, 2014

  • Jesse S.

    I will be bringing at least...
    Sedum Pupureum, hawthorne, viburnum trilobum, hybrid hazelnuts, elderberry and grape cuttings.

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Hannah F.

      Hi Jesse, I'd love an elderberry if you still have any for grabs and hawthorne too!

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • Lisa F.

    I have Hablitzia
    Teasal
    Mugwort
    Solomon's seal
    Lemon balm
    Water celery
    Day Lilly
    Comfrey
    Lovage
    Nettles
    Grape vine
    Horseradish

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Mischa

      Hi Lisa! I'd be really excited about trading a grape cutting! Especially being able to visualize from where they came!

      April 25, 2014

    • Hannah F.

      Hi Lisa! I'd love trade for some teasal, lovage, hablitzia, and/or grape!

      April 26, 2014

  • Terri E.

    Actually just solved the clothes display thing....I'll bring folding chairs for outside, can hang clothes, display other items on those. I'll mark them so no one thinks the chairs are for trade!

    1 · April 24, 2014

    • Jesse M.

      Sounds good...though be ware there is a slight chance of rain.

      April 26, 2014

  • Rachel L.

    I have some annuals to share, tomatoes and herbs...

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Tom E.

    I will be missing the plant swap, due to the late spring I do not have any plants to bring and swap

    April 24, 2014

    • Lisa F.

      Feel free to come anyway tom! Got any kraut or kombucha?

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Tom E.

    Cleaning out the cellar, we have way too many canning jars. Will be bring some down with the plants

    5 · March 4, 2014

    • Gretchen V.

      Tom, do you have any skirret rhizomes to trade?

      April 24, 2014

    • Tom E.

      I offered some to Aaron I think I can spare another one for you, I opened my spot and will miss this swap as most of my plants are just coming up and I have not had a chance to dig any. I can put some Skirret into a pot and save it for you and Dave

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Elizabeth W.

    I can bring worms if I get in off the wait list...

    April 21, 2014

    • Shawn M.

      I think that my #s of worms are weaker than I would like. Bring yours.

      April 24, 2014

  • Karin S

    completely not plant related but..I work for a bookstore and we have left over books from Wold Book Night I will bring for the taking...

    April 24, 2014

  • Ann M.

    Unfortunately, due to a family medical emergency, I will be unable to attend the plant swap as I had planned. Hope this notice is in time for somebody on the wait list to take my spot. Ann Morrill

    April 24, 2014

  • Terri E.

    Jesse or Lisa, I haven't been to a swap. I know this one's more seedlings, but it said clothes ok too. Is there a place to hang some clothes if I bring them on hangars...easier to see that way, rather than folded up on a table, or should I bring a rope, etc?

    April 24, 2014

  • Gretchen V.

    Whoops, still coming didn't see that Dave RSVP'd too. Opened up space.

    April 24, 2014

  • maggie

    Hi everybody, I'm organizing the expansion (and diversification) of the Newmarket, NH community garden and we are going to have lots of space to fill this year so I just wanted to let you all know that I won't have much to offer but I'll gladly take any extra plants you have! We're looking mainly for perennials that are edible or beneficial in any way esp. as food for pollinators since we'll be getting bees going soon. Thanks in advance for anything you can give! Can't wait to see this swap in action.

    April 23, 2014

  • Donanne D.

    oooh I want chaga tincture. I would also like some jerusalem artichoke and any perennial greens. Does anyone have perennial grains?

    April 23, 2014

  • Aaron P.

    If anyone uses a Effective Microorganism (EM) culture, I would love to trade for some mother culture to experiment with.

    March 19, 2014

    • Ryan W.

      I really like those Droseras. Especially the callistos and paleacea although I'd be happy with whatever species you can bring. Thanks!

      April 23, 2014

    • Ryan W.

      dichrosepela too, basically they are all pretty awesome looking. I've been wanting a sundew or fly trap for a while

      April 23, 2014

  • Deborah G.

    I didn't see an answer to the question about bringing a table. Is that necessary? Thx.

    April 23, 2014

    • Mihku P.

      I have a card table and a 5 foot folding one that is waterproof.

      April 23, 2014

    • Jesse M.

      Card table or smaller is great.

      April 23, 2014

  • Mihku P.

    Hey, can I get in? The site is acting funny. Says there is one spot left but the email said there was a waitlist. I have lots of plants to share, and seeds. I can bring a table . . . (?)

    April 23, 2014

    • Jesse M.

      I'll take care of it when I get home! And a small table would be great!

      April 23, 2014

  • Elizabeth W.

    I also have worms and worm castings

    April 23, 2014

  • Elizabeth W.

    Does anyone have elderberry plants??

    April 23, 2014

  • Elizabeth W.

    I've got seeds, seedlings, nettles, chives. sorrel, various mints, ladies mantle, chaga, chaga tincture, reishi tincture, miscellaneous herb tinctures, dried herbs from last fall. foraged dried St Johns wort, heal all. elderberries, maitake, nettles; pickles ...

    2 · April 22, 2014

  • Pam

    I am bringing a variety of things with popsicle stick labels in pots. Other items include lemon balm. Does anyone want me to bring nettles and orange day lilies? I have a ton of both! Also, are we supposed to have arrangements for swap ahead of time or just the "luck of the day"???

    April 22, 2014

    • Jim M

      (pushing Enter end comment) At the start time we spend 15 minutes walking around to see what is out there - officially no trading in that interval. Then trades begin. Getting there a little early so you can st up and scope things out helps. Its a blast. Be ready to give out leftovers near the end. Xiknawi

      April 22, 2014

    • Jim M

      I am without organic matter to trade this year. Happy to help set-up and facilitate flow in whatever way useful. Xik

      April 22, 2014

  • Ellen H.

    I'm not sure if I will have worms, after all - they seem to be a bit cranky and I don't think I should disturb them - but I will have at least 4 kombucha scobys and 3 portions of bokashi serum.

    April 21, 2014

    • Ellen H.

      anyone who wants scobys should please bring their own jar or other container.

      April 22, 2014

  • Rachel L.

    It is coming! It is coming!
    I have some seedlings and lots of enthusiasm.

    April 21, 2014

  • Mischa

    I was wondering if anyone might have asparagus crowns, ostrich fern, solomon's seal or iris they may have to share/trade? I'll even come over to help dig them up! I have herbal tinctures that I can barter or I could make you a tea blend.

    April 3, 2014

    • Greg M.

      If you're still interested I can figure out another way to get some to you.

      April 20, 2014

    • Pam

      I also have iris, and solomon's seal.

      April 21, 2014

  • Donanne D.

    I have tons of wintergreen if anyone's needs some. We are picking many jars of berries right now. A wonderful wild edible and powerful medicine. Tom Brown calls it a king of all herbs and the tea from roots and stems a cancer cure.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Pam

    I am bringing rhubarb, chives, iris, daylily and whatever else is big enough to dig up. Looking for Sweet potatoes, any fruit tree or shrub and deer resistant flowering plants. Do we need to bring our own table??

    April 20, 2014

  • Aimee G.

    Would it be possible to pick up our FedCo tree order at the swap so we can attend? We don't get down that way very often.

    1 · April 15, 2014

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