Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Seedy Sunday

Last weekend, my friend Lewru and I had a Seedy Sunday. A seed swap, that is. We simply got together one day and shared our seeds. I had a lot of seeds leftover from my Baker Creek Rare Seeds order from last year, and I was happy to share them. It was also a good chance for us to catch up and talk about our gardens.

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 Seedy Sunday can be a small event between gardening friends or a large event for all the gardeners in the area. The original Seedy Sunday, from Britain, provides tips for organizing a large event. At the very minimum, you need:
  • 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
The Transition Handbook names Seedy Sundays as a good opportunity for the "Great Reskilling". The Great Reskilling is Rob Hopkin's term for the process of teaching/learning the skills for local resilience that have been lost in the last 40 years - gardening, composting, preserving, cooking, baking bread, making yogurt and cheese, beekeeping, repairing appliances and machines, fixing plumbing, tiling and painting, etc!

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?


Tara said...

I just did the same thing with a friend of mine over the weekend. Traded my okra (which we don't really eat) for her spoon gourd (which she doesn't have room for). Fun!

Anonymous said...

I have gotten seeds at exchanges. In the next month there are three seed exchanges happening with 30 minutes of my home. Not bad for a very rural area.

Lewru said...

17 squash on one plant, no less! Woohoo!