Seed Sharing at the Farm


The guys get goofy while trading beans and tobacco seeds.

This past weekend, we sat around Chris and Julie’s farm kitchen table and shared seeds over beers. Chris K. and I had a shoe box containing seeds he’s been saving for a few years as well as all the seeds we’ve bought for our farmer market business this summer. Chris M. had the official ‘farm family seeds’ (seeds paid for through our internal community farm fund for personal food growing usage). Since we had different varieties of plant seeds in each pile, we decided to dedicate an evening to doing some swapping and sharing. It was fun to create new little DIY seed packets and expand each of the seed collections. There was also lots of talk about saving seeds at the end of this season so we can participate in more official seed swapping events next year. Seeds, seedlings, almost-spring-weather…2012 is going to be a great gardening year, I can feel it!

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“Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof. Take that Poppy seed, for instance: it lies in your palm, the merest atom of matter, hardly visible, a speck, a pin’s point in bulk, but within it is imprisoned a spirit of beauty ineffable, which will break its bonds and emerge from the dark ground and blossom in a splendor so dazzling as to baffle all powers of description.”
~ Celia Thaxter