I host a fairly large seed swap. If it's OK with moderators, I will post a link to it. For now, I have to fulfill current participants wish lists. I figure that by early January, others can join.
Will do, on the update, when I figure out how to do it.i'm not a moderator but it would help if you could update your profile to give a general location so people don't have to search back to figure it out.
i have no objection at all if you want to talk about seed swaps here as this is the topic and thread. cheers!
I totally missed this @Zeedman I am so happy for you! This is such a wonderful development!I have neglected to mention that much to my surprise, there is now another SSE member just a few miles away from me. They first contacted me to invite me to a seed swap last Spring, but that was shortly after my DW's passing, and I was not yet ready to attend public gatherings. However, they held another seed swap in late October, which I did attend. It turned out to be a great experience! Although they are deep in the city, they have a large lot, and their garden is actually larger than mine. I knew right away that we were kindred spirits, because we both grew different varieties of luffa (!!!). They are also VERY heavily invested in permaculture, and their location close to Lake Winnebago enables them to grow fruits that would not normally survive this far North (such as paw-paw). It was the first time I saw a medlar tree in person. They also had an extensive collection of fig trees, which require a lot of protective measures on their part. Further conversations about their fruit growing methods will be pleasant, and ongoing.
Because the swap was held outside, I only brought a limited amount of seed (mostly seed grown this year) and some garlic cloves left over after planting. As it turned out, those garlic cloves were of the most interest. I gave an impromptu presentation on garlic growing, convinced 6-7 gardeners to grow garlic for the first time... and it just happened to be perfect garlic planting weather at the time. I gave away about a pound of garlic cloves, of 3 large-bulbed varieties (each a different type) that have proven to perform well in this area.
I was pleasantly surprised at the attendance to the swap. There were 2 others offering seeds besides the host & myself, and about 25-30 attendees to the swap. One was a Korean immigrant, who was surprised that I had Korean soybeans; we will likely exchange seeds in the near future. There was also an elderly East European immigrant who was overjoyed that I had some Hungarian peppers that she recognized; I promised to bring some plants for her in next year's Spring swap.
The host & I exchanged seeds, with the promise of a more extensive exchange in the future. But the best part is that the host works at the University - and told me that he might be able to find students to help with my preservation efforts! From what has otherwise been a dark year, a ray of hope.
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