A local group held a seed swapping event yesterday at our community college, billed as a "first annual" event; I knew I wanted to go even though I had no idea what to expect. When we got there, I could not believe the hundreds of people that overtook the building! Lines out the door to get in.
First off for us, there were various seed seminars going on back to back in the auditorium, to get you up to speed. The speakers were true apostles of all things seed. Across the hall, there were separate rooms for people to either leave their seed packets from their home gardens, and also baskets full of garlic plants or dried herb plants loaded with seeds, and you could take whatever you wanted for free. I did bring a few packets of heirloom tomatoes but that paled in comparison to what I took home. In another area, they displayed carefully collected "regional" seed packets for a suggested $1 donation. I was like a kid in a candy store, although I did keep in mind that I only have four smallish beds. Might be time to expand!
But what a great idea, and judging by the turnout this will not be the last time. I know many of you are familiar with the concept, but this was quite an eye opener for me. Only another month or so until I will be starting most of my seedlings in the dining room, and this gave me some real enthusiasm.