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Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton invite you to our 2nd Seed Swap!

Saturday, March 5th, 2016, 10am-1 pm at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School (same place and time as the Northampton Winter Farmers Market)

LEARN about seed saving. CELEBRATE the magic of seeds. SHARE seeds that you’ve saved from your farm or garden (or seeds that you’ve purchased). TAKE HOME seeds to plant. MEET other people who see regionally adapted seeds as an important part of a healthy food system. COME even if you don’t have seeds to share! Register for the swap in the form below.


What is a Seed Swap?

A gathering of people, usually gardeners and farmers, who have come together to share seeds. The seeds can include locally saved seeds, excess bought seeds, seeds brought back from another region or country, or excess seeds that a seed company donated — you decide what you want to swap. Seeds are spread on tables and you choose what you want. The main idea is to bring people together to share seeds. (text from Seed Matters and Seed Savers Exchange) If you are bringing seeds to the Swap, please see below for more information.

Planting trees protects the atmosphere and the environment. We should always teach the children about planting trees and the benefits of planting trees. Now, there are many shops available in the market to buy organic seeds. The farmers directly brings those seeds from the farm and sell it to the people. This will make the farmers to earn money and also the way to plant natural trees. We people often have doubts about the seeds and if we have any queries, we can go to their website and read about whether is the ethereum code legit or not.

What should I do if I’m bringing seeds to the Swap?

You can drop your seeds off as early as 8:30 am the day of the Swap. Swapping begins at 11 am so get your seeds there before 11 am. Please label clearly the name of the plant and the variety and the year the seeds were collected or purchased. If you know the germination rate, you can include that, too. You can bring the seeds in individual packets or in jars, yogurt containers, bags or any other container that makes sense to you. The organizers of the Swap will be sorting and placing seeds by plant families. If you know a story about where the seed comes from that you want to share, feel free to write something up to put next to your seeds. You’re also welcome to bring a photo or drawing of the plant that will emerge. Swapping will go from 11am – 1pm.

What else will be happening at the Swap?

There will be workshops on Beginning Seed Saving with Danny Botkin from Laughing Dog Farm and On Farm or In Garden Plant Breeding with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm. More workshops will be announced here as they are figured out. See schedule below for timing.

10 am Brief Welcome

10:05-10:50am  Beginning Seed Saving with Danny Botkin from Laughing Dog Farm

“Selecting and saving heirlooms and other ‘open pollinated’ seed allows growers, large and small, to preserve, adapt, share and improve the most diverse and exceptional cultivars, year after year, generation after generation, while simultaneously strengthening local food security and regional food webs”.  ~DB

Farmer Danny Botkin (of Laughing Dog Farm, in Gill) inspires all kinds of folks to dive into the fertile field of “seed saving” by starting with the “easy ones”: the lettuces, the beans, peas, tomatoes and various flower species which can be simply and effectively saved by diligent “gleaning”, cleaning, drying and storing at the proper stage(s). Dan shares from his own “seedy” journey, as well as simple methods to isolate, select and otherwise “guerrilla-gather” seeds of brassicas, salad greens, alliums, and even cucurbits (squashes, etc.), without complicated or expensive intervention. Dan’s students go home newly stoked about seed saving and often, with valuable samples of “heirlooms” to grow, save… and SHARE!

10:05-10:50am   Vegetative Propagation Workshop with Jacob Holzberg-Pill.

Swapping and sharing plants is a great way to strengthen community connections and build resiliency. Most gardeners have experience growing plants from seeds, but fewer have experience propagating plants vegetatively. This class will offer a broad overview on many different types of asexual propagation; crown division, root cuttings, scaling, tip layering, softwood and hardwood cuttings. Come learn how to make more grape, currant, hardy kiwi, mulberry, quince, fig, blueberry, honeyberry, raspberry, seaberry, blackberry, strawberry, chive, horseradish, mint, lemon balm, comfrey, daylily, true lily, rhubarb, asparagus, sunchoke, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, and many more.  We will discuss which techniques work best for different species and genera.

Jacob is an environmental science teacher at PVPA and also runs a sustainable farm in Shutesbury with his wife where they grow 29 species of fruits and berries. He’s taught this propagation workshop at the Northeast Permaculture Convergence and is excited to share what he knows at the seed swap.


11:00 -11:45 am On Farm or In Garden Plant Breeding with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg


Tevis runs Crabapple Farm in Chesterfield, MA. Many of the vegetable, flower and herb plants and produce that Crabapple Farm sells at Tuesday Market and the Northampton Winter Market are grown from seeds bred and saved on their farm. Learn about some of the ingenious ways that these farmers grow food and save seed at the same time.


11:30am-1pm Ongoing Seed Swapping

Ongoing Workshop:

DIY Seed Tape Workshop

There’s so much to do in the garden in May! Why not get a head start by “planting” your carrots, turnips, and other small seeds while you sit in front of the fire watching the snow fly outside?

In this fun work-bee style session, we will be making homemade seed tape out of readily available household supplies. The rolls of seed can then be planted very quickly in the garden later in the spring. When your seed tape rows come up, they will be perfectly spaced, eliminating the need to thin extra plants.

Seed tape we make during the workshop will go to the Giving Garden project, which will again be supplying local soup kitchens and low income families with healthy produce this summer. Participants are also invited to bring their own seed and make tape for themselves to take home at the end of the day.

Note to Florence Community Garden members: Here’s your first opportunity of the year to earn community service hours for any time you spend making Giving Garden seed tape!

1 pm Closing

There will be a seed guessing activity and supplies and instruction to do germination testing on your seeds. Bring a potluck finger foods snack to share (seed to table, if you can!).

Thanks to Seed Savers Exchange, High Mowing Seeds,  Fedco Seeds, and Fruition Seeds for seed donations and for providing open-pollinated and regionally adapted seeds.

For more thoughts on the potent power of seed swaps and seeds, read our friend, seed keeper and owner of Sierra Seeds Coop, Rowen White’s blogpost.


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