What is a Seed Exchange?
A seed exchange is an opportunity to gift, swap or buy & sell varieties of seeds grown by seed savers in this area. The exchanges are opportunities to meet an infectiously enthusiastic group of growers who will inspire you to try new things in the garden. Keep an eye on our calendar to catch these events as they come up. We typically host seed exchanges in February and March.
Seed and Plant Giveaways!?
As a way to empower members of our community to garden and grow their own food, we host seed and plant giveaways. We believe that sometimes all anyone needs is a nudge in the right direction, so we are excited to promote healthy food access for all with free seeds and plants.
Our seed potato giveaway is at the end of March each year, near St. Patrick’s Day. We distribute thousands of pounds of seed potatoes from our ACEnet location in Athens, Ohio.
Our seed giveaways take place in April, the week of Earth Day. After the first week, seeds are made available at all Athens Public Library branches.
Plant start giveaways take place in May, near Mother’s Day and the last frost date. During this giveaway we mostly distribute tomato plants, and other vegetable and herb starts depending on donations. Plant starts are distributed at three different locations and times all in one day—HAPCAP, Jobs and Family Services and ACEnet.