Just a note to all passionate gardeners living on the north side of an arbitrary border that there’s a cool seed swap being organized. I found it at an online garden forum called I Dig My Garden, a nice place with a lot of emphasis on heritage open-pollinated seeds and the politics of food.
To participate you need to be in Canada (due to postage restraints I think) and be registered on the forum. The seed swap subject is here: 2nd Annual Canadian Autumn Seed Exchange. Basically you send in however many packets you like of named varieties (no mystery seed unless it’s a ‘bonus’) along with return postage ($2.10) and for however many packets you send in, you will receive an equal amount back. You can send in a ‘wish list’ of seeds you might like to receive as well as any that you don’t want, and the coordinator will try to match everyone up with what sparkles with them! Deadline for mailing out is November 12 so be sure to get in touch with the coordinator soon in order to get all the details.
I’m sending in my seeds today, so you may end up with open-pollinated heritage beans from the New Sisters Farm in Tingwick! I’ve sent in Orca, Canadian Wonder, Kahnawake Mohawk and Vermont Cranberry seeds. They were grown out and saved from plants that received absolutely zero watering from us in what was a dry and trying year, so the seeds are on their way to drought-resistance.
Come swap seeds and join the fun!