SPECIAL Portland Trading Post :: Spring Plant/Seed Swap Extravaganza

  • May 11, 2013 · 3:30 PM
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In May, our monthly Portland Trading Post swap event turns into the mother of all seed and plant swaps!  Bring seedlings, divisions, seeds, propagated plants ... anything at all to help each other get food going in our landscapes.

Please use the comments area of this page to chat in advance about what you might be bringing and/or looking for from others.  Please label your offerings as best you can and bring some extra envelopes and markers (for seed swapping) and some buckets or pots or plastic bags for getting plant material home.

This is one of our most popular swap events so space is limited.

If you are a member of Hour Exchange Portland ( join here if you're not) consider bringing more substantial items to trade to time dollar hours!  I'll make some "I'll Trade for Time Dollars" table tents for anyone who wants to post one on her/his trading table.

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.

The only rules 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 (usually about 15 minutes into the swap, but it's flexible)
  • You can swap with someone or simply "gift" things to each other without taking a return item. Your choice.  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. Food/Snacks/Fiddles/Juggling/Attended Children welcome.

Kid and family-friendly (kids being supervised!)

Keep in mind that gifting and bartering is still something many of us are getting a handle on...it requires different thinking for our society which has been so used to "monetizing" every transaction or product.

 

 

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  • Dennis

    I wish I had been able to go to the seed exchange, but although I could not make it today, I showed up yesterday with the following:

    - Jerusalem Artichoke seeds,
    - Lakota squash seeds (they produce the world's-best tasting squash),
    - Hopi Blue corn seeds,
    - Hopi Amaranth,
    - Chinese Golden Giant, (Note: Each plant can produce up to a pound of nutritious seeds),
    - Virginia smoking (ceremonial) tobacco seeds,
    - Genuine Maine Rock Flour
    - a large bag of empty, film canisters you can use to put your seeds in. Use them all. They are very useful. Peace to you all,
    Dennis

    1 · May 11, 2013

    • Dennis

      Hi Elizabeth, you are very welcome. Please check out my picture under my profile. I have a picture of a baby Lakota squash. Five years ago, I gave some of them to my 70-something neighbor for his family's Thanksgiving table. Several days later he told me, "You know those squash you gave me?" I nodded all the while expecting the worst. "Those are the best damn squash I have ever tasted." So endorsed by someone firmly set in their ways. Since then, he has saved his seeds and that's all he has grown for squash. To get him interested in Permaculture.

      May 14, 2013

    • Dennis

      Elizabeth, the Lakota can be temperamental at times. I will grow some extras, just in case they decide to be difficult with you. ;))

      May 14, 2013

  • Maki B.

    I had a great time. I will take a good care of the plants I got :) Thank you all!

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Ann M.

    It was, as always, a wonderful afternoon. After touring my yard this morning I realized I forgot to dig up two aruncus(goats beard) that I had meant to bring. I live in South Portland if anyone would wish to give them a new home.

    May 12, 2013

  • Jessie K.

    Wonderful! We went with a list of 3 things we wanted. We came home with about 15 things. Wonderful, generous people. :)

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Lee

    Exceeded all expectations. Thanks, everyone!

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Jim M

    Xiknawi here. What a great gathering! Beautiful plants and people. Thanks for all your generous offerings. So fun.

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Shawn M.

    I feel compelled to express how much fun I had at the swap! It was great to meet everyone and trading was too much fun.

    4 · May 12, 2013

  • Elizabeth W.

    Oops, I just reread the thread and realized you wrote that earlier.

    May 12, 2013

  • Elizabeth W.

    I have calendula babies if you want some, Rachel...(not sure what it was that you forgot).
    Thanks to everyone for your generosity!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Mary

    I had so much fun swapping, meeting new people and sharing ideas! I learned a lot!

    2 · May 11, 2013

    • Dennis

      Mary, I owe you 2 elderberry plants and some white sage plants. Darn, I forgot the white sage and silver king artimesia leaves for smudging. Well...reason and a purpose.

      1 · May 11, 2013

  • Greg M.

    Always one of the best meetups. Thank you everyone!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Aaron P.

    A great event, as always. came with a station wagon of plants left with a wagon of different plants!

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Tom E.

    We had a very good time and scored some new plants and shared some plants, even got a new kombucha mother, goat cheese and rhubarb chutney.

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    I have a bunch of calendula seedlings and some low bush blueberries.

    2 · May 1, 2013

    • David W.

      Yes to blueberries!

      May 11, 2013

    • Rachel L.

      I forgot the calendula

      May 11, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    that was like anti wall street

    3 · May 11, 2013

  • Hannah F.

    Oh my gosh, my head is still exploding a little- in the very best way. It was amazing, wonderful, and incredible. Thank you everyone!!!

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    Amazing swap!

    4 · May 11, 2013

  • trina d.

    sorry so last minute! just got in myself, but wasnt expecting to. now i cant make it!

    May 11, 2013

  • Dennis

    I use this old technique for planting tiny seeds. I plant tiny seeds mixed with a small amount of rock flour and use an old salt or spice shaker to apply them. First wash out and dry the salt shaker. Add your seeds and a small amount of the rock flour to the shaker and place your finger over the holes. Give it a good shake to mix the two together. Now, tap the shaker and distribute your seeds over a flat. The rock flour will give you some indication as to where the seeds landed. Gently, press in the seeds, then spritz. The rock flour, being so fine, seems to disolve into the soil. It's rather cool! Have fun.

    Peace,
    Dennis

    May 11, 2013

  • David W.

    Beta grape vines, Bluebell grape vines. Potted one and two year plants.

    May 11, 2013

  • Greg M.

    Yeah, I'm in! Anyone want fiddleheads (ostrich ferns)? I should be able to split some off this year.

    May 6, 2013

  • Greg M.

    I have a blue hydrangea that needs a good home if anyone wants it.

    May 11, 2013

  • Karl S.

    Ok. We'll be there! In addition to eggs, milk and cheese, will also have some horseradish roots and crowns and some comfry. Looking for all kinds of seedlings, and if anyone has any peonies, Margaret would love some for Mother's Day!

    May 11, 2013

  • Jesse M.

    We don't have a lot of plants yet (still trying to establish here!), but we'll be bringing an extra 2 year old highbush blueberry, and some chive plants. And plenty of canned/pickled goods, and some extra culinary things if people want those....we hope to get plants/seedlings!

    May 11, 2013

  • David H.

    Too many places to be today :(

    May 11, 2013

  • Cassie

    sad i can't come! <3

    May 11, 2013

  • Jim M

    Made it!
    Brought a bit of what I have, more at home if interest: elderberry, raspberry, and strawberry (Sparkle) starters, rhubarb, violet, lovage, horseradish, chives, and a few more things,a Campanula which has the most beautiful blue bell. Also willing to offer energy work and acupuncture in trade.

    May 11, 2013

  • Karl S.

    Hi All, we're still on the waiting list, so not sure if we'll be at the swap or not, but we would love to get some seedlings from anyone who might want to trade for eggs, goat milk, cheese, or goat manure compost. We got a real late start on all our seedlings this year, so we're looking for a little bit of everything.

    May 10, 2013

  • pat c.

    picking up loved one at airport in MORNING.....so not returning for swap....someone grab the spot quick :)!!

    May 10, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    I am so pumped for this, its ridiculous!

    4 · May 7, 2013

    • Greg M.

      It's like Christmas for permies!!!

      6 · May 8, 2013

  • Lee

    I'll be bringing plants donated by Mary Anderson. She has donated chervil, Egyptian walking onion (lots), 1 garlic chive, red russian kale plants, leeks, and I've planted Mary's curry seeds so hope to have seedlings. Will make trades and donations at the swap so everyone has a chance. :)

    May 6, 2013

    • Lee

      Also have Mary's bergamot which she said is for tea so I believe it's different than bee balm.

      May 7, 2013

  • Jesse S.

    Baby trees: paw paw, american persimmon
    Shrubs: viburnum trilobum(highbush cranberry), viburnum burejaeticum(manchurian), 'big hip' rose, purple flowering raspberry
    vines: grapes(reliance, beta), unsexed schisandra chinesis
    Herb rhizomes: mountain mint, tansy, horsetail fern(male)

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Lea M.

      If you have any cranberry left we would love one and some grapes! Thanks

      May 5, 2013

    • Jesse S.

      Work conflict preventing my attendance...sorry to miss the fun, but anyone interested in my offerings is free to contact me and maybe we can work something out.

      May 7, 2013

  • Ann M.

    Hi Ryan, I've been making kombucha for several years with good success, but this time my mother developed something really funky looking. I think I may need to "remother", and would love one of yours if you have enough. Ann Morrill

    May 6, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    solomon's seal, mugwort, lemon balm, nettle, comfrey, horserdish, teasel, maybe grape (bluebell & beta), jerusalem artichoke (stampede), maximillian sunflower, water celery, garlic bulbils.

    3 · April 25, 2013

    • Hannah F.

      Oooh, I'd love to take home some of your mugwort and water celery Lisa!

      April 26, 2013

    • Jessie K.

      Lisa, we would love to have some Maximillian sunflower -- we have the perfect spot for it. :)

      May 7, 2013

  • David H.

    We will be bringing sweet fern, hablitzia starts , elderberry, and low bush blueberry.

    2 · April 25, 2013

    • Mary

      Would love some elderberry starts

      May 2, 2013

    • Greg M.

      would love some hablitzia (I did mine in, will site better this time)

      May 7, 2013

  • Lee

    I'll be bringing Chinese artichokes, nettles, Sparkle strawberries, Pueblo Verde tomatillos, ground cherry seedlings (saved seed originally from Fedco), lemon balm, and a couple black willows (plant has rooting properties which can be useful). Will trade/donate at swap.

    May 6, 2013

  • Stephanie M.

    Heirloom seeds and plants to swap :)

    May 6, 2013

  • Claire

    Looking forward to this swap! I'd love a new kombucha mother/daughter if anyone has one to spare. Thanks!

    May 6, 2013

    • Ryan W.

      Hi Claire, I'll be bringing some kombucha mothers!

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Dennis

    Hi Ya'll, yes, I will be bringing some Genuine Maine Rock Flour, Virginia Smoking Tobacco seeds, several handfulls of dried, white sage and Silver King Artimesia leaves, as well as 12 varieties of hot pepper seeds; plus, some miscanthus roots. In several years, miscanthus grows upto 13 feet tall and can produce enough biofuel that can be converted into fuel pellets.

    April 29, 2013

    • Lea M.

      My partner does pipe ceremonies and it would be wonderful to start growing herbs for it. We would love some Tobacco seeds to see if we can grow some. Any chance you have any white sage seeds? Thanks

      May 5, 2013

    • Dennis

      Lea, look at my pictures: 3-15 and 11-15. The Virginia smoking tobacco produce huge leaves. There is enough there for a year! For you, I will demonstrate how to apply your seeds using Maine Rock Flour. It is a great method for tiny seeds!

      May 5, 2013

  • Lea M.

    Anyone have any tree kale/collard cuttings?

    May 5, 2013

  • Sue M.

    I have valerian, french sorrell, could bring some stinging nettle, lupini beans and more!

    2 · April 30, 2013

    • Lea M.

      Sue, I would love some of your stinging nettles. They are great for my back and I love them in pesto! Thanks

      May 5, 2013

  • Ann M.

    Jesse, I would also love a persimmon seedling if you have enough!

    May 2, 2013

  • Mary

    I have: rooted basketry willow cuttings, LOTS and lots of coltsfoot (its currently flowering), marigold seeds, morning glory seeds (mixed heavenly blue & a pink variety), calendula seeds, Egyptian walking onion, red German hardneck garlic (in its 2nd year sprouted from bulbils - it will produce nice cloves this year). I have some pink shallots I bought at the MOFGA fair 2yrs ago, if anyone can ID them that would be great.

    May 2, 2013

  • carol k.

    I am bringing pretty conventional seeds and seedlings. Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, parsley, etc. And I am planning to thin out my "sparkle" strawberries that day, and will bring along my surplus.

    April 30, 2013

  • Ann M.

    I'll bring some hablitzia, iris pseudacorus, alchemilla, and oregano.

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • Sandra J.

    I have a large number of Heritage everbearing raspberry plants--so many that people who want to get them in now can contact me ahead of this trade and come pick them up (all pruned and ready to dig). I'll save a few pots of plants for the swap also. I haven't finished dividing yet, but will have other things by then, including Monarda (red bee balm) and catnip.

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Hannah F.

      I'd love some raspberry plants Sandra! Where do you live and what is the best way to reach you?

      1 · April 29, 2013

  • Hannah F.

    I'm so excited!!! We have strawberry calendula seeds (medicinal), walking onion bulbs, various amaranth seeds, jerusalem artichoke, and at that point hopefully some varied other seeds and seedlings to swap. We'd LOVE any perennial vegetable seeds or seedlings, especially air potato, perennial spinach vine, etc etc... really any. We just started our perennial gardens last year and would love to diversify!

    1 · April 18, 2013

    • Tom E.

      I can use some JA's I will set aside some Sweet Cicely for you Hannah

      April 27, 2013

    • Hannah F.

      Great! We'll set some jerusalem artichokes aside for you!

      1 · April 27, 2013

  • Tom E.

    Getting plants potted up for the swap

    April 20, 2013

    • Hannah F.

      I'd definitely love some of that sweet cicely tom! I just tried to plant seeds, but am not sure if they were cold stratified, so I kindof doubt they're going to do anything....

      1 · April 27, 2013

    • Tom E.

      I will also have some Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and Greek Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

      April 27, 2013

  • Sue M.

    I'm so excited! This is the best swap event of the year! I have edible lupine, rosemary plants, etc.!

    April 18, 2013

    • Hannah F.

      I'd LOVE some edible lupine! How is it different than the other lupine?

      April 27, 2013

  • Jessie K.

    We're just getting started on our gardens, so we don't have a ton to offer. We'll bring some melons for kitchen gardens. :)

    1 · April 27, 2013

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