Seed Swap

The 6th annual Michiana Regional Seed Swap is a resource for residents in Michiana and beyond to exchange and learn about seeds. Join fellow gardeners, growers and plant enthusiasts to exchange and gather seeds, compare and discuss varieties, attend educational sessions and more. The swap will include vegetable/garden crops as well as native plants.

Participants are NOT required to bring seeds to the event, but if you save seed please bring them along!  Food for purchase will be available.

Food Options: A food truck will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. There will also be a wide selection of baked goods starting at 9:30 a.m. until sold out. Stay tuned for more details!

Location: Goshen College Church Chapel | 1900 S Main St. Goshen, IN 46526

When: Saturday, January 20, 2024  |  9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free. Registration is not required

2024 Speakers

Cyndy García-Weyandt, Ph.D. at 10 AM

Cyndy García-Weyandt, Ph.D. at 10 AM

Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Ethnic Studies, Kalamazoo College

“The Science of Our Mother Corn: A Case Study of the Adaptation of Northern Mexican Corn in Michigan”

In the Spring of 2021, Kalamazoo College students began the project “Tatéi Niwetsika: Planting Traditional Knowledge and Flavors” with the intention of learning about traditional agriculture, Native Maize from Mexico, food sovereignty, and the connection between Wixárika language and culture in Nayarit, Mexico. In November of 2022, we harvested the first crop of Native Maize, and thus the teachings of Our Mother Corn.

From a community perspective and active participation in the field of research, this presentation discusses the importance and relevance of cultivating Native seeds using traditional agriculture. The author shares from multiple perspectives the activities that link academic research and community work in Tepic and Kalamazoo.

Bio: Cyndy Margarita García-Weyandt’s ancestral homeland is in San Juan Sayultepec Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, México. Cyndy is a mother, a poeta, an immigrant, and an assistant professor in the Department of Critical Ethnic Studies at Kalamazoo College. She is the coordinator and co-founder of Proyecto Taniuki in Zitakua, Mexico. She received a Ph.D. in culture and performance from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her research, she collaborates with urban Wixárika (Huichol) communities in Mexico to better understand their relationships with Our Mother Corn (“Native Corn”).

John Brittenham at 11:30 AM

John Brittenham at 11:30 AM

Restoration Ecologist, Blue Heron Ministries

“Propagating Native Seeds The Easy Way”

Join John Brittenham, restoration ecologist with Blue Heron Ministries, to learn how to collect seeds and grow them with minimal effort. John will share his experience of raising native plants and planting them with groups as well as personally. If you love the idea of raising your own native plants, but are intimidated to do it yourself, this talk is for you!

Bio: John has worked at Blue Heron Ministries as a restoration ecologist for the past 11 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Huntington University and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Taylor University. John is passionate about growing native plants, creating native habitats, and sharing this love of the natural world with others. In his free time, you will find John spending as much time as possible with his wife and four kids and working to make his five-acre property a small ecological gem.

Doug Peconge & Dani Tippman at 1 PM

Doug Peconge & Dani Tippman at 1 PM

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Cultural Resource Extension Office

“Myaamia Connection To the Land”

Members of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Cultural Resource Extension Office will speak about the Myaamia people from history to present, including their removal from Indiana in 1846 and where the Myaamia are today.  They will discuss current Tribe initiatives within the region, including projects around food sovereignty and cultural identity.

Pictured above: Pond at the Cultural Resource Extension Office of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma

Thank you to our 2024 sponsors!

Blue Fox Farms

Northeast Indiana Local Food Network

Elkhart County Food Council

2024 Vendors

Blue Fox Farms

Elkhart County Indiana Master Naturalists

The Montessori School at WPC

Merry Lea Teaching Farm

Goshen Health

Nature & Nurture Seeds

Blue Heron Ministries

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Cultural Resources Extension Office

IN Native Plant Society, Northeast Chapter

Green Bridge Growers

Fables Books

Dick’s Organics & Three Rivers Fruit Growers Club

John Sherck, Local Seed Saver

A Bean Collector’s Window

Seed to Feed

Tomato Jim

Urban Soil Health

Michigan Organic Food & Farming Association

Nature Inspired by MJ

Forgotten Heirlooms

Van-Kal Permaculture

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this event?

The Seed Swap is a resource for residents in Michiana & beyond to exchange, gather and learn about seeds, gardening and growing plants. Compare & discuss varieties, attend educational sessions, network with other gardeners and more!

The swap will include:

-Seeds that will be available through sales, swaps and for free!
-Community seed tables with free seeds.
-Various vendor tables highlighting regional business, organizations, and individuals in gardening, seed saving and more.
-Educational sessions on various topics.
To learn more about this year's topics & vendors, scroll through this page!

Where is the event?

Goshen College Church-Chapel
1900 S Main St., Goshen, IN 46526

When is the event?

Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

What is the cost?

This event is FREE & open to the public! Registration is NOT required.

There will be opportunities to purchase various goods and services, including seeds from vendors and food items during the event. Please note some vendors may only accept cash - there are FREE seeds available at the community seed tables.

What are the free community seed tables?

Our community seed tables include free seeds that have been given to us from generous donors & seed swap attendees. The main intention is to only take what you need and leave what you don't! These tables include fruits, vegetables, bushes, flowers and more.

Small baggies are provided as well as small slips of paper for labeling & to fill in various details and information about your seeds.

Do I need to bring seeds to share?

Participants are not required to bring seeds, but if you save seeds, we encourage you bring them to the swap to share. We welcome vegetable crops, flowers, and native plants at the swap.

Please bring only open-pollinated, heirloom or varieties that can be propagated year after year. Please do not bring hybrid varieties of seeds.

Who is this event for?

Anyone interested in seeds, gardening, or growing plants! First-time gardeners and experienced growers alike can connect with other home gardeners, community gardener organizers, small-scale growers, and those interested in local food systems. Children & families are welcome!

Are children welcome?

YES! We will have various activities specifically for kids such as coloring pages, "seed scopes" to investigate seeds, and more.

Who is organizing the event?

The 6th Annual Michiana Regional Seed Swap is hosted by Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, an organization located in Wolf Lake, IN, dedicated to providing environmental education for people of all ages, a natural sanctuary for plants & animals, and a setting that benefits the human body and spirit while not exploiting the land.