The Alton-based Three Rivers Project of Sierra Club Illinois is hosting three seed swaps in partnership with local businesses and organizations: Old Bakery Beer Company, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC), and The Lodge Bar at Lovejoy.
Three Rivers Project staff, partners, and fellow farmers and gardeners will swap quality seeds, cuttings, and bulbs. These community events are free to attend and all are welcome.
The first seed swap event will be held at the Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton on Saturday, March 5 from 11:30 to 2 p.m. Masks must be worn to attend this indoor event. To register for the seed swap at Old Bakery Beer Company, go to sc.org/OBBCseedswap. The second seed swap will be held outside at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. To register for the Seed Swap at NGRREC, go to sc.org/NGRRECseedswap. The third seed swap will be held at The Lodge Bar at the Lovejoy on Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register for the Seed Swap at The Lodge Bar at the Lovejoy, go to sc.org/Lovejoyseedswap.
If you are sharing self-collected seeds, please label the homegrown seeds with the common or species name, year, and your name. If you are sharing commercial seed packets, no further action is needed.
“We hope Metro-East community members will join us to ring in the spring season by attending one or more of these seed swaps.” says Three Rivers Project co-Coordinator Christine Favilla. “Seed swaps are a rewarding way to build community and share information about gardening, plant varieties, and each others’ projects. As you begin to plan your gardening projects for the year ahead, join us at a seed swap to share your seeds and knowledge with your neighbors, learn about the importance of native plants, and connect with the community while also supporting local businesses.”