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Sunday, February 4, Bayview Hall, 1 to 5 p.m.

It’s getting to be that time of the year when the light is increasing(allegedly) and we who enjoy getting our hands in the dirt begin to longingly envision our future garden in full summer bloom. If you are like me, your palms are itching for those seeds with whom you will embark on this next seasonal journey. To that end, we are hosting a winter Community Seed Swap so that we can meet our neighbors, share seeds and stories with them and enhance food sovereignty here on Whidbey Island.  So if you’d like to expand the biodiversity of your farm or garden by collecting locally grown seeds from fellow seed savers or just unload a bunch of old saved or bought seed and learn a little bit about the adventures and pitfalls of other intrepid growers, please come and join us! 

In these uncertain times(ecologically, politically, and otherwise)building resilient, autonomous food sheds could not be more important.  Sharing bioregionally adapted varieties and firsthand knowledge of why and how to grow these food crops enlivens our connection to one another, to our landbases and seed ancestries and ensures that we will have a viable and delicious future.

The event will take place on Sunday Feb 4th from 1-5 pm at Bayview Hall.  We’ll have tables set up for folks to spread out and share their bounty and also some baskets available for dumping purchased commercial seeds(no GMOs please!).

  • In addition to seeds, please feel free to bring tubers, cuttings, scions, bare root and potted perennials to share.
  • We will have some local live music playing and are working on having at least a couple of experienced seed savers available to answer questions and share their seedy wisdom. 
  • Some snacks will be on hands as well.
  • The event is free though we’ll have a donation box up front to cover the musicians and the cost of the venue.

Please send this on to any friends or family who might want to join in and share on Facebook.  No amount of participation is too little…we want to see all of your beautiful faces there!  And if anyone has the time or inclination to volunteer, we could use some help with setting up and breaking down that day.And don't forget boxes, tupperware or other containers to display your seeds in and envelopes or bags to carry home all your new treasures!

Slow Food Whidbey Island will have a table at the event and will look forward to seeing you there!

Earlier Event: January 27
Later Event: February 17