After a long summer of negotiation, the South Side Seed Exchange is reopening just in time for last minute fall seed swapping. The exchange will be housed in S.H.o.P. at 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Hyde Park through next summer. S.H.o.P., short for the Southside Hub of Production, is a collective of like-minded visual artists, educators, gardeners, musicians, writers, and lots of other folks who are trying to create a “whole culture” environment in a turn-of-the-century mini-mansion that has been leased to us by the Unitarian Church for one year.
The exchange has many fall planting seeds available, including almost all of those mentioned by Illinois Extension service educator James Theuri in the article that follows this post (we are out of mustard green seed for now).
To learn more about S.H.o.P., visit the website or just stop by this Saturday, Oct. 1, any time after 4 p.m. for an open house featuring the work of many of the visual artists who will be exhibiting at S.H.o.P. over the course of the year.
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The universe of folks swapping seeds and publicizing their local seed swapping efforts online is pretty large. Some, like the Philadelphia Seed Exchange, are simply a great example to us as we get our own efforts off the ground. Many, however, are places where you can get involved in seed exchange beyond our humble efforts.
Mas du Diable is a good example of a site that offers individual seed exchange but is also a super-inspirational place to check out generally. The site features the author’s four-seasons kitchen and seed saving garden in a dramatic landscape in France. The blogroll is definitely worth checking out, and the gardening log is really instructional in terms of its simplicity and usefulness.
"Mas du Diable" from the multitalented blogger Laura Hudson - go to the link on the Mas du Diable site to see more inspiring painting!
Bifurcated Carrots is a treat in a different way. There is also a lot here about the author’s space, but what attracted us was a pretty compelling essay about the need for an online seed network, along with a couple of other features. Like Mas du Diable, the author also swaps seeds via the site, but suggests browsing the archives to get a sense of what is available and to send an email with requests. The next coolest swap-related item on the blog next to the essay is a great list of links to folks who have been inspired by it and become a part of an online network. Check them out!
The iVillage GardenWeb seed exchange is the inspiration for our approach. It’s simplicity seems to us to be the best way to get a whole bunch of people (we hope!) to start swapping seed with one another. There are lots of other trading categories listed on the site and plenty of other things to explore there, so be sure and browse, if you have it to spare.
Bifurcated Carrots takes the idea of seed exchange networking online to an important level; Kokopelli is also inspiring but in a somewhat different way. Their mission is to unite gardeners worldwide to share seeds with folks in Third World countries. It’s a truly worthy mission and a beautiful vision that just scratches the surface of what gardeners around the world could do if we work together.
We’d love to hear from you about websites that have inspired your seed saving and swapping efforts! There’s so much out there that we can undoubtedly learn from each other’s explorations.
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We’ve looked at a whole bunch of online seed exchange methods and come up with what we think is the easiest and most swapper-friendly method for trading seed online. You’ll see a new tab above marked “swap here!” that will get you to the online swap page (or, lazybones, just click here). Please restrict comments on that post to swap offers and seed requests.
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