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Bellingham Community Seed-Swap - January 30th - "Seeds-Into the Hands of the People” - Sunday 2011

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Bellingham Community Seed-Swap - January 30th - "Seeds-Into the Hands of the People” - Sunday 2011

Time: January 30, 2011 from 11:30am to 3pm
Location: Bellingham-1317 Commercial St
Event Type: community, gathering
Organized By: - Shannon, Allain, Jeff, Heather K
Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2011

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Event Description

All Welcome to Attend Our 3rd Annual
Bellingham Community Seed-Swap -2011

* Sunday January 30th * 11:30am-3pm *

~"Getting Seeds Into the Hands of the People!"~
Open Seed-Exchange & Specialty Seed Exchange

* *Bring Seed-Potatoes & Edible Tubers Too* *

- 11:30 am Doors Open -
Garden Share Opportunities & Networking

* * FREE & Open to the Public * *

 * Bring Your Seeds & Fingerfood Snack *
To the Center for Expressive Arts !

- Seed-Swap Agenda -

11:30-12:30 - Social Time: Tea & Fingerfood Potluck
12:00-12:15 - Circle for Swap Etiquette
12:15 – 3:00 - Seed-Swapping -2½hr Ongoing
. 1:30 - “Seed Saving Basics-Why & How" -Celt Schira

. 2:15 - "Grains & Tubers for a Complete Diet" - Dan Borman

. 3:00 Close of Seed-swapping


Who Should Attend :
* People with Extra Seed To Share
(Place seeds in labeled envelopes or containers ).

* People without seed who want seeds to grow
- are Welcome!

Sponsors: Sustainable Bellingham -  Earthcare Garden Designs - Food Not Lawns - Forest Garden Urban Ecology Center -  Center for Local Self-Reliance

Volunteers Welcomed
- (We would like promotional help & putting up flyers)

Organized by Shannon M, Alaine V, Heather K

& Friends of Food Not Lawns & Sustainable B'ham

Location Details: Center
2nd Floor – 1317 Commercial St. (btwn Holly & Magnolia)
(Across street from Parkade and above Tivoli Restaurant & Uisce Pub)

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-See Comments Below & click RSVP for updates & other ideas -
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“Swapping Seeds & Sharing Stories”- a Grow Northwest article link:- :

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Comment by Charles Kelm on January 29, 2011 at 4:35am
Thanks for the video suggestion Heather.  I just finished the last one - very informative.
Comment by Heather K on January 29, 2011 at 2:13am

Permi, fine to bring any labeled open-pollinated seeds. 

 Some folks bring both seeds they harvested, in addition to older seed packages that they have replaced with newer seeds.  (nice to have the year showing on these packages as that can help give an idea of viability & germination rate).  

I would suggest not putting out any F1 or F2 hybrid seeds out on the table, since the focus is both to 'share the earths abundance', and encourage folks to learn to save some seeds (peas, beans, tomatoes, chives are good easy ones to start with). 

As more GMO's become mistakenly introduced into our region, we will need to become more aware of which are the pure seeds. 

If we had extra volunteer help, we would encourage someone to write up a wall chart list of the current crops that have been contaminated with  GMO genes, so we could be sure to not contaminate any of our heritage seeds with these uninvited corporate products.

Recommended viewing**** " Seed & Plant Sanctuary of Canada - Gardens of Destiny” -

Series of 8 youtubes videos!


Comment by Charles Kelm on January 28, 2011 at 7:04pm
Should we only bring seeds we have harvested ourselves, or can we bring all non-gmo seeds?
Comment by Heather K on January 18, 2011 at 2:38pm

“Swapping Seeds & Sharing Stories”

- a Grow Northwest interview article link-

Comment by Heather K on January 4, 2011 at 6:05pm

Posters & Hand-flyers for Seed-Swap need to be placed in our rural communities. 

I'll attempt to post the link for folks to print out their own. 

Seed-swap Poster link:

Seed-swap hand-flyer link:


Contact Shannon, Heather, Jeff, Christy for more info or if you need hard copy.

Remember to bring your baskets to the swap, for if it gets crowded, folks may be swapping seeds on the street!



Comment by Heather K on December 27, 2010 at 9:14pm
Seed-Swap Event now posted on a Facebook Event link to be shared with your connections of seed-saving & tuber digging friends throughout our bioregion! Its nice to RSVP here & there.

Go to:


Skagit county folks: We want help spreading the word to your edible-medicinal seed-savers & tuber diggers...please forward invite to those you know there!

Comment by Heather K on December 27, 2010 at 9:12pm
 Updates: I've download the Swap 'logo' pic from Shannon that we've been using the last 2 years.

Shannon will have Posters & hand flyers made later, which will get word out to those not online, and she will connect with local papers too..

If you want some posters or flyers to put up, please let Shannon know – you can email her or leave comment on her TW page:


If you want to help support the Swap by volunteering, let Heather K here or on her TW page:


Ning Update note: Sometimes this site will send you a message that our Swap Event has been Updated – Just Ignore those Notes....If any info needs to be shared I or another will post here or by email.

Comment by Heather K on December 10, 2010 at 6:23pm

New at the seed swap this year-We will reserve some table space for seed-potatoes & edible tubers.

Or carry the with you and swap them out in person.

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