The People’s Market Seed Swap takes place Saturday, Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at 1726 S. 700 West in Salt Lake City. The Community Food Co-op of Utah's warehouse will be filled with hundreds of garden enthusiasts swapping seeds, and there will be educational gardening workshops throughout the evening. Local seed vendors will be there with hard-to-find varieties of heirloom seeds. Wasatch Community Gardens and Slow Food Utah will be giving away free seeds as well.
How it works:
1. Gather your leftover vegetable & flower seeds from last year.
2. If you have no seeds, come anyway and they will give you some to start with.
3.Bring your friends to the Seed Swap.
4. Trade or donate your seeds with local garden enthusiasts & farmers.
5. Use your new seeds to start or expand your space with variety.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
According to the organizers, there’s always a wide variety of experience in the people who come. There will be expert gardeners with years of experience who have tried hundreds of kinds of seeds over the years. There will also be brand new gardeners-to-be who come to find out how to get started, and what grows well in our area.
Caroline Kenyon of Kenyon Organics will be coming back again this year with her amazing varieties of heirloom seeds. There are several other local sources for seed as well.
Slow Food will be bringing special seed selections from the Ark of Taste project. The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. Gardeners are encouraged to try some of these varieties, and those who have grown some in years past can share their results.
For more information and tips about the Seed Swap or the People’s Market visit the website: www.slcpeoplesmarket.org.