Inland NW Food Network

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What is a Seed Swap?
A seed swap is where you bring your extra non-GMO seeds (home-saved or purchased) to share with others and go home with lots of seeds for your spring and summer planting! Learn about seed saving from some of our region’s avid seed savers, and take home seed varieties that you won’t find anywhere else and that are well-adapted to our growing conditions.

Guidelines for Participation
Our emphasis is to increase our regional food supply by focusing on the importance of locally grown open-pollinated varieties. However this is not a strict ‘rule’; if you want to share store bought seeds or seeds grown in other communities and swapped, that’s okay too.

  1. If you bring hybrid seeds, make sure they are labeled as such and are original seeds you purchased (not harvested from your garden). 
  2. Please package and Label your seeds with as much information as you can. Fill out to the best of your knowledge: common name; purity of seed; year of harvest; growth habit (spacing, depth, height, etc.); germination percentage; Optional information: scientific name.
  3. The goal of the seeds swap is to have as many heirloom and open-pollinated seeds as possible. Rhizomes, roots, tubers, etc. will be accepted as well, but please make sure these parts are from native plants.
  4. If you bring your seeds in a bulk package, please make sure there is a label on the container, along with information about the seeds. If you have photos of the plants they came from even better!  Also write down any story that goes along with the seeds.
  5. No old seeds.  Please check the Seed Viability Chart to ensure that your seeds are still viable. However, if seeds were kept in ideal conditions, they may still germinate even though they are past the expiration.
  6. Please, no GMO seeds.
  7. No seeds for sale—this is all free trade!

The goal of this seed swap is to connect community members with local farmers, gardeners, and students. We want you to exchange seeds, stories, tips, and other information freely!

What to Expect at the Event
Help yourself to some seeds that sound appealing to you. Coin envelopes will be provided to split up packets. The idea is to “sample” a new crop so please be considerate when taking seeds, leaving some for others when feasible. Most importantly, take away the knowledge that you are part of a wonderful community of local food producers and we all have something to share!

At the event, separate tables will be set up according plant family and difficulty to save seed (not difficulty to grow). Tables will include scoops, pens, envelopes, and handouts, and trays. Volunteers will also be on hand to oversee the distribution of seeds and answer any questions you may have.

Thanks to the following for donating seeds:

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