Annual Seed Swap
3rd Annual LIRSC Seed Swap
saturday february 11, 2017
@Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead Campus
121 Speonk Riverhead Rd, Riverhead, NY
12pm - 4pm
Imagine the annual seed swap as an old fashioned Facebook for seeds. Seed swaps serve so many purposes; not only are they fun, they are a way to meet other gardeners, farmers and seed savers, brush up on new techniques, ask questions, and of course GET NEW SEEDS for your collection. Double bonus for breaking up the winter blues that afflict those of us who love working with the dirt.
Our annual seed swap has grown more than we could have dreamed in the past two years! We have all the volunteers, sponsors, seedy people and of course public to thank for that. It is very encouraging to witness so many people interested in preserving and sharing seeds.
This year we are offering presentations, talks, panel discussion, information booths and so much more, but the star of the show is of course the seeds and the swap! Join us this year no matter if you are a veteran, beginner or just curious.
Sponsors and Exhibitors
Talks and Demonstrations
AND THE WILD BEE EXCLAIMED “WE ARE THE SUPERHEROES!” - Bolster Your Native Pollinators and Increase Your Harvest
- Laura Klahre founder of Blossom Meadow Farms
There are close to 450 different bee species in New York State, so why does everyone focus on honeybees?!? Wild bees including bumble bees, mining bees, leafcutter bees, mason bees, and digger bees are 2-3 times better at pollinating than honeybees. Wild bees ensure that our farms and gardens are pollinated, working many times while the honeybees are still in their hive. Honeybees supplement the work of wild bees, not the other way around. Join Veteran Beekeeper Laura Klahre as she discusses native bees (and flies) and how depending on your crop, which pollinators will be most advantageous for higher seeds sets, as well as larger and more well rounded fruits and vegetables. Ways to bolster pollinator populations will also be covered.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES
- Remy Rotella Orlowski owner of Sample Seed Shop
Let’s talk all about heirlooms! What makes a vegetable an heirloom? Learn about interesting varieties and why growing heirlooms is important. Get growing tips and bring your questions!
Remy is the owner of The Sample Seed Shop. Some of you may know her from internet garden chat, or possibly from her name popping up on internet plant searches. She’s not just the owner of a business; She’s an avid gardener. Some might call her a plant junkie, some might call her just plain crazy(DH), but no one could ever say she’s not passionate about what she does!
WINTER SOWING DEMONSTRATION
-Trudi Davidoff founder of WinterSown Educational
With Winter Sowing we can still garden through winter, smell that wonderful scent of moist soil, touch our seeds and stay connected with Mother Nature—winter doesn’t have to shut us down from enjoying the outdoors. We can still do some important gardening outside in the cold air.
BREEDING FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCY
-Nate Kleinman and Dusty Hinz from the Experimental Farm Network
The Experimental Farm Network (EFN) aims to fight global climate change and ensure food security far into the future by facilitating collaboration on plant breeding and other agricultural research.
Founded in 2013 by Nate Kleinman & Dusty Hinz, the EFN is presently composed of over 300 participants: farmers and gardeners, plant breeders and researchers, amateurs and professionals alike. The network is not-for-profit, based on open-source principles, and dedicated to social justice.
SOIL HEALTH FOR YOUR GARDEN AND FIELDS
-Joe Magazzi of Green Earth Ag and Turf
Joe Magazzi has 20 years of experience as a research scientist and project manager in the biotech industry. As co-founder and president of Green Earth Ag and Turf, Joe has expertise in methods for building healthier soil, integrating greener methods into professional practices and reducing inputs and costs. He holds a Master's Degree in genetics (with a microbiology focus) from the University of Connecticut (Storrs), and has had his research published in scientific journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine.
SEED SAVING DEMONSTRATIONS
-Cheryl Frey Richards from LIRSC
Come and get your hands dirty! Learn simple ways to harvest and clean some of the most common garden vegetable seeds. We will discuss proper storage, labeling and how to easily test your germination.
SEED LIBRARY ROUND TABLE
- Mediated by Elizabeth Takakjian from LIRSC
Is your library interested in starting a seed library? Is your library in the process of starting one or are you a veteran seed library? Join the round table to share your ideas, learn new techniques and support a local seed movement!
- The LIRSC Oral History Project
- Long Island Historical Seed Catalog Exhibit
- Seed Saving for Kids Interactive Exhibit
- MORE TO COME!
Call for Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help out at this year's swap for booth sitting, docents, set up and clean up and more. Contribute an hour or all four. Contact us for more information. We appreciate your help!
Seed Swap Faq
How much is it to go?
It’s free, although donations are gladly accepted.
What seeds can I bring?
You can bring vegetable, flower or herb seeds you have saved that have not crossed with other types (if you do - it will be a bummer for everyone), commercial excess seed from last year, tubers, fruit scions, and bulbs. Typically, bring seeds that are open-pollinated or seeds that can be saved as "true-to-type". Do not bring hybrid seeds (usually they say on the packet F1) or seeds that are really old and/or will have poor germination.
All seeds should be clearly labeled with variety, species and year harvested or purchased.
I have a lot of seeds in jars/bags, what should I do?
Bring whatever you may have and we will help you re-package it into smaller packets with labels. Just mention it when you come in.
What type of seeds shouldn't I bring?
Invasives, hybrid F1’s, old seed that won’t germinate, the mean neighbor who no one likes, and pirates.
I am new to seed saving and don’t have any seeds to swap. Help! What do I do?
It’s OK, you don’t need to bring seeds, although we strongly encourage it. You can bring leftover seeds you may have from last years garden. If you don’t have any seeds to share, you will still walk away with seeds to start saving. The number you can take will be very limited, however.
Will you have rare cultivars?
Yes, but these may be limited to folks who bring seed depending on the turn out.
What else besides seeds do I bring?
Seeds, a writing instrument like a pen or marker, small envelopes to put the seed in.
I only have a few seeds (or no seeds!) to share.
That's OK. New folks to seed swaps may not have a lot to exchange, but it's a good thing to go and start somewhere.