Please join us for the 3rd annual Forest Park Community Garden Seed Swap! (this year we're swapping garden books too!). This is a popular event and we look forward to seeing all you good seed swapping people this year. The seed swap is open and welcoming to anyone regardless of if you're involved with FPCG or not or if you have any gardening experience or not. Most people who attend the event are garden novices who aren't FPCG gardeners. Come on down and see us! Details are below.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RUN THE EVENT! Stuff like running the registration table, setting up and taking down chairs... Please email email@example.com to volunteer! If you are a Master Gardener you can get volunteer credit for volunteering with FPCG.
What is a seed swap?
A seed swap is when many people meet for the purpose of trading seeds they have too many of or don’t need for seeds they’re looking for or maybe never heard of. It’s a great social time too where you can meet lots of other gardeners, see seeds of plants you didn’t know existed, learn about seed starting indoors and start thinking green thoughts on these wintery days.
Sunday, March 24th, 2013 2:15-4 PM
1:45 — 2:15 pm: Registration
2:15 pm: Seed Swap and Book Swap Begins
3:00 — 4:00 pm: Gardening Workshop (seed and book swap areas will still be open too)
St. John Lutheran Church
305 Circle Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60130
We'll be in the gymnasium on the second floor.
Free to those who RSVP by March 24th at noon!!
$2 at the door without an RSVP ticket.
Note: If you'd like to make a donation to help us cover the cost of this and other events and programs, click on the Donate button below. Any help you can provide will be much appreciated. Thank you!
Registration is from 1:45 to 2:15 pm. At 2:15 the seed and book swaps will start. At 3 pm we'll have a seed starting / gardening workshop. You're welcome to continue to swap seeds / books during this time, but you're also invited to come over and have a seat for the workshop.
New This Year - Garden Book Swap!
If you're anything like me, you probably have a lot of garden books and you probably don't use them all. This year we'll have a book swap in addition to a seed swap. The book swap is going to be a less formal affair.. just bring the books you don't want and look for books you do want in the book swap area. If you see a book you like, pick it up. Its that simple. You can also bring old gardening magazines too!
How to Swap Seeds:
You can either bring in your own seeds or buy into the swap if you don’t have any seeds to trade. We will be swapping on a 1-to-1 basis, meaning if you bring 5 packs of seeds to swap, you can only take 5 packs of seeds when you leave. If you don’t have seeds to trade, you can buy trading tickets from us. These tickets will be available at the door for 50 cents each. Each ticket is good for one packet of seeds from the swap tables.
You can bring as many or as few packets of seeds to trade as you like. By RSVPing by Feb. 17th, you'll receive two free packets of seeds when you arrive. You can either keep these to use in your garden OR use them to swap for other seeds.
Seeds can be either ones you collected yourself or seeds you purchased this year or during the past 3 growing seasons (20010 — 2013). Older seeds are not permitted in this swap due to decreased germination rates.
Large seed packs are not necessary. Few of us city-gardeners can actually use a whole packet of seeds. Therefore, feel free to divide your seeds into smaller quantities. In general, the bigger the plant will get, the fewer seeds each gardener will need. Therefore, in the case of large plants like melons, tomatoes, peppers, squash, etc., each seed envelope you bring to swap must contain a minimum of 6 seeds. In the case of small plants like lettuce, kale, carrots, beets, onions, radishes, turnips, chard, etc., 20 seeds is the minimum for each pack.
If you’re unsure about the quantity of seeds for your particular plant, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
Please prepare your packs before arrival because the swap will move quickly and you don’t want to lose an opportunity to participate.
Labeling your seed packs: You can use paper or plastic envelops to package your seeds for swapping. Since the seeds you bring may not be in their original packaging, you’ll want to label your seed packs with information about the seed. Each of your seed packets should contain as much of the following information as possible:
· 1) Your name
· 2) Common name of the plant and variety. ie: Green Zebra Tomato, Rutgers Tomato, Cherry Belle Radish, etc.
· 3) Number of seeds in the envelope.
· 4) Whether the seed is an annual, biennial or, perennial.
· 5) Origin of the seed including date. Did you collect it yourself? Did you buy it from Burpee in 2010?
· 6) Hybrid vs Heirloom
When & Where
Forest Park Community Garden
Founded in 2009, Forest Park Community Garden is a local non-profit providing gardening and education opportunities for area residents while also strengthening our community and providing organic vegetables to charity.