Thanks to a grant from Seed Savers Exchange’s Community Seed Resource Exchange Program (CSRP), Children’s Garden at Campos is hosting a Seed Swap this Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Campos Community Garden. Campos is located on the south side of E. 12th Street between Avenues A and B in the East Village.
What is a Seed Swap?
A seed swap is a gathering of gardeners, farmers and other people interested in saving and sharing seeds. Seeds can be locally-saved from gardens or farms, excess store bought or donated seeds, or even seeds from another region or country. Often, seed savers share information about their seeds, or people learn more about varieties they have never grown. Seed swaps offer gardeners and other community members the chance to cultivate a network of people to collectively develop and share seeds that support a more diverse and resilient local food supply. Seed swaps are a first step to building a community seed garden or even a full community seed bank.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone interested in saving or learning more about saving seeds, including:
- Experienced seed savers who want to connect with other gardeners and expand their collections
- New gardeners and seed savers who want to learn about crop diversity, heirloom and native varieties, seed politics and the power of food sovereignty
Seeds Available for Swap
The Children’s Garden at Campos received a number of Seed Savers Exchange annual and biennial seeds as part of the CSRP grant that include many organic and heirloom varieties of:
The garden also has a wide variety of other Seed Savers Exchange seeds and other commercial and garden seeds.
What to Bring?
Because this is a swap, please bring seeds to get seeds:
- All organic, locally-grown/garden-grown, heirloom or non-hybrid varieties of seeds
- Tubers, plants or cuttings
- Small bags, envelopes or jars
Please label seeds with as much information as possible/available, including:
- Common name and variety
- Latin name (include family, genus and species)
- Year seeds were collected
- Where the seeds were grown and who grew them
- Other information about variety, tips for growing, unique qualities
Feel free to bring photos of the plants, fruits or vegetables that the seeds produce, either from your garden or catalog.
Gratitude to Seed Savers Exchange and the Community Seed Resource Program
Children’s Garden at Campos is part of Seed Savers Exchange’s Community Seed Resource Program (CSRP), which provides tools and guidance to community groups interested in creating seed-focused events, exchanges, libraries and gardens. CSRP is “a collaboration between Seed Matters and Seed Savers Exchange to support community seed initiatives and empower community organizing around sustainable seed…Seed Matters is an initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation dedicated to the improvement and protection of organic seed, which ensures healthy, nutritious and productive crops that benefit people and the planet. Seed Matters’ goals are to conserve crop genetic diversity, promote farmers’ roles and rights as seed innovators and steward reinvigorate public seed research and education. Seed Savers Exchange’s mission is to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. Together, Seed Matters and Seed Savers Exchange are working to conserve, distribute, and educate the public about the vital importance of seed saving.”
Under the grant, CSRP provides:
- Community seed toolkits, including seeds, educational resources, and seed saving supplies
- Access to SSE’s national seed exchange
The CSRP helps groups hold seed swaps, create community seed banks and grow seed gardens. According to CSRP, community seed projects “revive a tradition we’ve shared in growing food for centuries: from a handful of seeds, we grow, gather, and share more seeds – enough not only for ourselves but an abundance to pass on to neighbors, family, and the next generation of gardeners and farmers. Saving and exchanging seeds is the way we discover new varieties, preserve heirlooms, and breed locally adapted varieties.”