Mark Your Calendars: Project Grow/Ann Arbor 350 Seed Swap on February 16th

Calling all current and soon-to-be seed enthusiasts!

Did you save more seeds than you could ever use? Did you perhaps go a bit mad at the end-of-year seed sales?

Then the Seed Swap is for you!

Come see what you can exchange your extras for with other gardeners! Bring your loot and your bargaining skills and see how many different varieties you can acquire. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find seeds for delicious corn variety you couldn’t buy enough of at the farmer’s market!

This event is open to the public, so you don’t need to be a Project Grow gardener to attend.

Our hosts do ask that seed swappers find street parking rather than taking spots in their parking lot that could be used by their customers.

Come on out Saturday, February 16th, 10-11:30 a.m., at Downtown Home and Garden, 210 South Ashley in Ann Arbor!

Be sure to come and take care of all your 2013 seed needs – anything you can’t find will certainly be for sale at Downtown Home and Garden!

Downtown Home & Garden
210 South Ashley Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Saturday, February 16 2013 10:00am – 11:30am

For more information, contact Monica Patel at 734-369-9277

 Don’t know where to begin with seed saving, nonetheless swapping?   

The Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa has a webinar coming up – conveniently this Tuesday – about starting your own seed bank.

Seed Swap: Success!

Dozens of seed hunters and gatherers braved the morning chill to convene on Saturday, March 19 at Downtown Home and Garden. The city-wide seed swap organized by Ann Arbor, with the support of local groups including Project: Grow, Leslie Science and Nature Center, Preserving Traditions, and Ann Arbor Farmers Market, involved several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, unusual varieties of herbs and beans, and a vibrant exchange of gardening expertise and enthusiasm.

One gardener extraordinaire who bicycled brought a recycling container full with seeds from black soy Chinese bush to Grandma Nellie’s Yellow Mushroom and generously shared them along with advice. Several seed swappers did not let the March cold keep them from enduring the duration (10am-noon) of the exchange. In a process more organic than we even envisioned, they directed others to Project Grow’s heirloom tomato table and helped each other sift through the delicate packets of sunflower and tomatillo seeds, as well as the subtleties of seasons in Michigan. Making the most of  the morning, many seed swappers went home with not only kale but a better idea on how to contain it.

We thank all participants and partner organizations and invite participants to use this space to update each other on the progress of their plants and biodiversity at its best. Please post information below!

Seed Swap: This Saturday!

Where: Downtown Home & Garden (201 S. Ashley)
When: Sat., March 19, 10am-noon

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The seed swap is fast approaching so I thought I’d post the most recent updates to RSVPs here. Hopefully, it’ll prove helpful as you consider what you might get out of the seed swap, or in case you’re wondering what would be helpful to bring/buy.

  • We WILL have seeds for:
    • Basil
    • Watermelon
    • Onion
    • Beans/peas: pole, tepary, lima, various runners, cowpeas, soy, P. vulgaris pole & bush, dry, shell and snap
    • Pink pigweed
    • Red Orach
    • Red Mustard
    • Arugula
    • Pumpkin – pie, medium size, large size
    • Squash – acorn, spaghetti
    • Amaranths
    • Tomatoes
    • Various lettuces
    • Chard
    • Herbs: dill, coriander, fennel, leek
    • Chinese & Ethiopian mustards
    • Boi choy
    • Project Grow Heirloom Tomato Seeds ($2.50 per pack)
  • We NEED:
    • White sweet corn
    • Peppers
    • Red candy apple and candy onions
    • Early contender green beans
    • Carrots
    • Sugar ann peas
    • Kale
    • Wax beans
    • Pickle & bush cucumbers
    • Sunflowers

If you’re attending and you want to add to the “Have List” or the “Wish List”, please do so by posting a comment below.

Everyone is welcome! A couple of quick notes on logistics:

  • Please arrive promptly at 10am. We’ll have signs posted and containers available so folks can deposit their seeds, and hope to start browsing for seeds by 10:15am.
  • Consider arriving in a climate-friendly fashion (bus, walk, bike, carpool). As you probably already know, parking is difficult to find on Saturday morning in downtown Ann Arbor. Downtown Home & Garden does not have space for parking so, if you do drive, you’ll need to search for street parking or use a garage.
  • All EXTRA seeds will be donated to a local gardening group; in particular, for use at school gardens throughout Ann Arbor.