Share your edible garden and get inspired to try a new vegetable variety at the Great Seattle Seed Swap, sponsored by the King County Seed Lending Library.
This year the event is being held in three locations, and in cooperation with a swap in the Snoqualmie Valley and another in Bellingham.
The 3rd annual Seed Swap in Northwest Seattle will be Saturday, Jan. 30, which is National Seed Swap Day. Bellingham's 8th annual heirloom seed swap is the next day, Jan. 31. The Northeast Seattle swap and Snoqualmie Valley’s 6th annual seed exchange will both be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, and the 2nd annual West Seattle swap is set for Sunday, Feb. 21.
Details of each swap:
Northwest Seattle: Sat., Jan. 30, 1:30-4 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Community Hall of the Brick Building.
Bellingham: Sun., Jan. 31, 3-4:30 p.m., Majestic Ballroom, 1027 N. Forest St., Bellingham. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1721867661378725/
Northeast Seattle: Sat., Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Meadowbrook Community Center, NE 105th and 35th Ave/ NE. http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com/events/save-the-date-hands-on-a-community-skills-share-fair
Snoqualmie Valley: Sat., Feb. 6, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Cedarcrest High School, 29000 NE 150th St., Duvall. http://www.snoqualmievalleyseedexchange.org/2016-event.html
West Seattle: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2-3:30 p.m., Seattle Public Library, West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. SW. http://www.seattlefarmschool.com/event/the-great-seattle-seed-swap/
How to participate:
- Please bring seeds if you have them. They can be homegrown or store-bought — even partially used packets. They should be recent, 3 years old or less. No hybrids or GMO seeds.
- If you will be bringing seeds to swap, please arrive at the beginning of the event to set out your seeds.
- Make a display card for your seeds stating the variety, year saved, and brief notes about growing the plant.
- It is not necessary to bring seeds to participate.
- Seeds will be organized by type of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
- Attendees will be asked to limit the seeds they take so all may share in the supply.
- You may donate your extra seeds to the seed lending library, which will have them available throughout the year.
Workshops will offer further education on saving and cleaning seeds. Non-profit greening groups will be on hand.
Come find some seeds, meet some great organizations making a difference in your community and learn new skills!