Re: Uncertain donations #GettingSeeds #IncreasingReturns

Klump, Holly

Regarding an alternative format to the swap this year:

We have not started a seed library YET (I joined this group in preparation for!) but we have been holding a seed swap for the past 5+ years, except last year. Generally we do a presenter on a gardening type topic, then a seed swap after. This year we are going to do a virtual presenter, then sandwich the days before/after with a seed swap so it is more spaced out. It will be more work on our part since we will do a lot more sorting and putting things in coin envelopes ourselves to avoid extra touching of seed packets (in past years we have the coin envelopes out but participants just kind of have at it, taking what they need themselves) but it will be a way to space out the swap, since we usually have quite a few people. I think we will have people register for time slots, or a certain day, but we are lucky in that we have the space to do that. So our seed swap event will be more of like, a seed swap week!

Holly Klump

Nashua Public Library



From: <> on behalf of Susie Jenkins via <sjenkins@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 21, 2021 2:40:21 PM
Subject: Re: [seedlibraries] Uncertain donations

The first thing that comes to my mind is to use the mystery seeds in a seed swap "as is" (you could give them a funny category name like "Seeds of Adventure", or something). Pre-covid we have always had our "Seedy Saturday" the last weekend in January. Of course that didn't happen last year, and may not happen this coming January either depending on what the group gatherings protocol is by then.

I have been trying to think of alternative formats to host seed exchanges, but haven't come up with any ideas yet. If we had the space it might be nice to have a longer version -- maybe a week or two instead of all in one afternoon, that way people could participate without bunching up. It might be more difficult to keep the area clean and organized though. At our regular seed swaps I always have volunteers and master gardeners in attendance to keep it fun, informative, and organized.

I agree with you that it always seems like such a shame to "weed" our seed selection. This fall I had just a few carrot seeds that have been here since 2017 and, rather than tossing them in the trash, I planted them in a large pot on my patio. I didn't expect much to happen, but the pot is now full of carrots... go figure!


Susie Jenkins
Adult Programming
Sandy Public Library
38980 Proctor Blvd., Sandy OR 97055

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