Category Archives: Seed Exchange

Winter Seed Exchange

Here are a few photos…
…from our 2011 First Seed Exchange (5th of February 2011):

The heat of the exchange – so many different seeds, so much to learn!

The usual dilema: what to choose?

Karen on the left: unexpectedly we have early tomato starts to choose from. Thank you Karen!

This was a bit of a seed exchange picnic, though nobody took a photo of the goodies table.

Glad to see other people just as excited about planting food in their yards.

To plant this or not to plant, this is the question…

Summer Seed Exchange

Here are photos…
…from our summer 2010 Seed Exchange (29th of August 2010):

Sharing calcium powder to cure tomato end bottom rot.

This time around we had lots of books, not just seeds for sharing. Our fan from Oakland showed up – Kathleen took public transit to join our SeedExchange!

Searching through the boxes for surprise seeds…

We tasted a few tomatoes, talked a lot and generally had a really good time! The idea of “garden hopping” arouse – stay tuned for that…

Winter Seed Exchange!

Here are the photos…
…from our 2010 First Seed Exchange, thanks to Beverly Concepcion (6th of February 2010):

The sign, and our setup in case it was going to rain. First person showed up right on time – good we were ready!

It was chilly but we were luckky again with the weather: partly cloudy.

Our main surprise and attraction this time was a bag of yellow fig cuttings supplied by Gary.

We had our usual seed supply, mainly heirloom tomatoes.

And other odds and ends.

Despite the chill, garden talk went on till 3pm… Late comers were not caught on camera but it was great to meet you all!

Summer Seed Exchange

Here are photos from our Third Seed Exchange and a Tomato Tasting Event  (16th of August 2009):

A wealth of tomatoes available for tasting: a combined effort and almost a spontaneous one!
Here we have: Cherokee Purple, Striped German, Costenuto Genovese, Romanesco, Green Zebra, Black Plum, Green Grape, Ox Heart, Lemon, Gold Medal, Matt’s Wild Cherry, Black Prince, Striped Roman, Sprite, Dogma’s Perfection and some unidentified ones.


The host.    How did I come up with the exchange idea? Saved too many seeds over the years and didn’t want to see them go to waste.    How did Trish come up with the farm idea? Good question…


So many to choose from… Can we really try them?


Trish and friends. Yet again, they brought more tomatoes and seeds than what I had to offer. Very well organized too.


The other side of the table… Mark and more of Trish’s friends. Something tells me they have tasted all of these tomato varieties before. Some people just get around, you know…


Try this one!
Notice the large, orange tomato in the middle? That’s Gold Medal and well worth its name.


Mystery tomato. Makes my mouth water just looking at the thing.


Finally onto the seed exchange! Did you say 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes? Wild arugula, holy basil, purple carrots and what?


Our guests from Oakland made it all so much more worthwhile. Starting a shared garden – I’m jealous… Good luck guys!

Our First Seed Exchange!

Here are photos from our First Seed Exchange  (8th of February 2009):

The sign, that caught interest with passers by.

The umbrellas to make us even more visible. It was chilly and looked like heavy rain was going to soak us any minute, yet we have the first curious people stopping by to get some free seeds for their home gardens.

Cold it may be, but who wouldn’t like a free heirloom tomatoe seeds?

Our star guest: Amy, on the left, who brought more seeds to the exchange than we had ourselves!