The Land Trust of Bucks County is hosting a communitywide seed swap at the Plumsteadville Grange Jan. 25, National Seed Swap Day.
Seed swapping has been a longtime tradition in the gardening world. People have been trading seeds since the first crops were raised often as part of an annual harvest celebration. “By trading seed, you are able to develop and diversify your seed supply,” said Dave Johnson, executive director of Land Trust Bucks County. “It’s also a great way to meet some other local gardeners and start a dialog about horticulture and share the wealth of your own growing efforts.”
One of the great benefits of attending a local seed swap is that you get seed from plants that have survived your region’s growing conditions,” Johnson said. “It’s locally adapted seed, which should bring good yields for you. If you buy fresh seeds every year from a garden center, catalogue or other supplier, you know the costs can quickly add up. Saving your own seeds and trading them with others is completely free, other than taking a little time in the process.”
Many unique varieties that don’t exist in the catalogues will show up at the seed swap. “The majority of store-bought seeds come from somewhere else. And the parent plants could have grown in conditions completely different from your local environment,” Johnson said.
Heirloom seed varieties from the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa will be available for exchange. In addition both Burpee Seed Company and Dublin Agway have donated seed packets for the exchange and all participants will receive a free packet of a wildflower and native grass seed from the Land Trust of Bucks County.
Plumsteadville Grange is on North Easton Road (Route 611), just north of Stump Road.