Some of the reasons for a seed swap are:
- Obtain free seeds
- Find varieties that grow well in your area
- Encourage seed saving
- Allow gardeners to network with other gardeners
- Facilitate information sharing between gardeners
- Get more biodiversity for your garden
- Opportunity to educate about (your pet issue: peak oil, biodiversity, native plants, etc)
- A place to hold the swap (including chairs and tables)
- Seeds to share and gardeners to share them
- Envelopes or baggies to hold your new seeds and a pen to label them
- Paper and pen to write down growing information and fellow gardener's contact information
At our seed swap, I got some seeds from Lewru's amazing Butternut Squash that yielded 17 squash in one season! (Butternut Squash supposedly have some resistance to squash bugs, which were a scourge in our area last year). I am excited to obtain some DNA from this prize, and can't wait to grow it!
How about you - have you ever been to a seed swap? Would you like to start one?