Michiana Regional Seed Swap – Fourth Annual

Photo courtesy of Dillon Hershey

The Michiana Regional Seed Swap is a resource for regional residents
in Michiana and beyond to exchange and learn about seeds. Join fellow gardeners, growers and plant enthusiasts to gather and exchange seeds, compare and discuss varieties, attend educational sessions and more.

Participants are not required to bring seeds to the event, but if you save seed please bring them along!

The seed swap is postponed to Saturday, February 19, 2022 to ensure that participants can attend in person safely. This decision was made because of concerns around the Omicron variant, caseloads in our region and the potential to become a high-transmission event. We understand this may be disappointing, but we are hopeful and excited to continue this event in person while serving the broader public health of our communities.

We will keep the same program location, format and times on the new date.

Location:  Goshen College Church-Chapel  |  1700 S Main St, Goshen, IN 46526
When: Saturday, February 19, 2022  |  10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, with opportunities to buy seeds.
Registration: Not required


Seed Swap Description
This event will include:

  • Educational Sessions on various topics by different speakers.
    • “Small Scale Grain Growing for Homestead and Community Gardens” by Scott Hucker
      When: 10:30 a.m.
      What: Discover how to grow grains on a home garden scale. Hucker will take us through a growing season step by step, sharing his experience with growing these wonderfully diverse and versatile staple crops. He will speak from a personal use level, and topics include selection, planting, cultivation, harvest and processing that culminates in culinary uses.
    • “Growing Myaamia Gardens, Culture and Friends” by Dani Tippman
      When: 11:30 a.m.
      What: Explore seed rematriation, Miami/Myaamia planting practices, and relationships with plants and food through traditional and historical Myaamia stories.
    • “Rooting Through Corn, Planting Families – a community project in Michiana” by Zuleyja Prieto, Jon Zirkle, Faith Hunsberger and Trystan Nisley, members of the Rooting Through Corn, Planting Families project
      When: 1:30 p.m.
      What: Learn about a new project in Michiana that seeks to connect backyard corn growers who honor, learn from, share and steward heritage corn seed for family use and generate viable seed to continue sharing. Participants will also see a demonstration of the traditional technique of grinding masa using a ‘metate’ (a volcanic stone slab).
  • Resource Tables & Vendors for regional businesses, organizations and individuals offering seeds for sale or trade, food-related projects, work or other items of interest. Vendors for 2022 include:
    • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Community Garden
    • Blue Fox farm
    • Bushelcraft Farm
    • Dick’s Organics
    • Elkhart County Indiana Master Naturalists
    • Goshen Health
    • Great Lakes Staple Seeds
    • Indiana Association of Soil & Water Conservation District
    • Indiana Native Plant Society, Northeast Chapter
    • Jim Wyant
    • John Sherck
    • Seed to Feed
    • Merry Lea Sustainable Farm
    • Michiana Master Gardner Association
    • Michigan Organic Food and Farming Association
    • Post Waste Worm Farm
    • Rooting Through Corn, Planting Families
    • Unity Gardens
    • Whitley County Historical Museum
  • Community Seed Tables with free seeds provided through generous donations. Participants can take and provide seeds. Bags and labels will be provided, but we ask participants to take only what you will plant. THANK YOU to the following organizations for donating seeds to the community seed table:
    • High Mowing Organic Seeds
    • Merry Lea Sustainable Farm
    • Seed Saver’s Exchange
  • Bulletin Boards for posting about volunteer or gardening opportunities, ads for wanted or available seeds, or other topics.
  • Connecting with Community Members around seeds. This is valuable for swapping seed varieties, giving gardening advice and more.

Safety Guidelines
Merry Lea cares about the safety of our guests and staff. To protect our youngest learners, we ask all participants to join Merry Lea staff in following Goshen College’s policies:

  • All participants including children ages 3 and older are required to wear face masks for the duration of the program
  • Self-screen before arrival and continue rigorous handwashing
  • Food will not be available as part of this event.

Please note these policies are subject to change at any time.


Sponsorships
Thank you to the following sponsors in helping make this event a reality:

  • Elkhart County Food Council
  • Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard
  • Northeast Indiana Local Food Network
  • Wellfield Botanic Gardens – Thanks to Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ generous support, the first 100 people to attend the seed swap will receive a free admission voucher for Wellfield Botanic Gardens!


 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in supporting this event to make seed saving and education accessible to the community? Consider becoming a sponsor:

Please contact Marcos Stoltzfus at marcosas@goshen.edu if you are interested in sponsoring!