Western Washington County residents are invited to the Forest Grove Grange, located at 1917 B Street, for the second annual Seed Swap on Saturday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an event where gardeners and farmers can exchange seeds with other area crop and garden enthusiasts.
The family-friendly event, hosted by Dairy Creek Community Food Web, offers both a chance to find new vegetables, herbs and flowers to grow and a chance to meet other area gardeners and farmers.
Attendees are asked to bring envelopes and jars to take their seeds home in, and to label their own six-year old or fresher seeds with the species and variety of the plant, and if it was open-pollinated or a hybrid, if known.
The benefits to someone who shows up to the seed swap are clear, says Robin Lindsley, the food web’s secretary. “Free seeds and quite a diversity of them,” Lindsley says. “We’re preserving the national goal of providing seed diversity. The seed swap is just a piece of the puzzle of all the things we’re doing.”
The Dairy Creek Community Food Web is a western Washington County nonprofit with a “mission is to promote the local food community in Western Washington County by exchanging knowledge and resources to grow, process, share and celebrate nourishing food” according to their website. They host a number of initiatives in western Washington County throughout the year, including a food swap, garden events, a “Farm Your Yard” tour and more.
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