Earlier this week I showed you How to Find a Seed Exchange in your area. Seed exchanges are a fun, easy, and free way to diversify your seed collection and ensure the older seeds you have get planted. But what if you cannot find a seed exchange in your area? Chances are, other people would be interested in participating in a seed exchange, too.
Here are some steps you can take to organize your own, successful seed exchange:
- Make sure you plan your seed exchange at least one month out.
- Find a venue: Your local library is a great place to hold a seed exchange. It’s free, central location.
- Hang flyers in the local library, at the post office, and on community boards in grocery stores and coffee shops.
- See if the local paper will list your event for free in the weekly events listing.
- Contact the local cooperative extension office and let them know about the exchange.
- Create an event on Facebook. Invite family and friends who might want to come.
- Plan on people coming without containers for their seeds. Bring a box of Ziploc bags or small envelopes.
- On the day of the exchange arrange a couple of tables with signs. You can either organize the seeds by type (cukes, tomatoes, herbs, melons, etc.) or alphabetically.
- As people arrive, encourage them to leave their seeds on the tables.
- Don’t let people start grabbing seeds, yet. To give everyone a fair chance to see all the seeds available, have everyone start at the same time after the seeds are arranged.
Don’t be discouraged if only a couple of people show. I did this for a couple of years and only had a handful of participants but we all still benefited. It was fun, we got to talk gardening and exchange tips.
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