Neighborhood Seed Share Station

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Neighborhood seed share station: an activity for children of all ages. Many people throw the seeds away of fruits and vegetables they eat. Similar to the little free library, saving the seeds and exchanging them with neighborhood friends is not only free, it’s also a fun way to try new foods and experiment in the garden. In this activity, children will create a seed exchange in their neighborhood.

  • Supplies:
    • harvested seeds (no GMO recommended)
    • supplies to build a structure or a recycled piece of furniture, an old toolbox, a vintage card catalog, a breadbox, a bin, or a wipes container
    • flyers or advertisement in your local paper to make your neighborhood aware
  • Select or make a container to house the seeds that is water-tight and wind-resistant.
  • Gather the seeds together into packets (see “Seed Packet” activity if desired). If able, supply this recommended number of seeds: onion and squash family (about 60 seeds),  tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, beans (25-30 seeds), cabbage, broccoli, collards, kale, turnips, radishes (60 seeds).
  • Choose a location to house your structure. This site should be safe, easily accessible, and allowable (per city zoning laws). Think about partnering with a nearby school, community center or garden, church, or library. Although you are not likely to have liability issues – especially with containers placed on private property – you may consider carrying liability insurance as a safeguard.
  • Add the seeds to the container of choice.
  • Make a sign to include on the outside of the container. Consider requesting no GMO seeds.
  • Advertise with the paper, through flyers, through the local school and/or church, etc.
  • Enjoy sharing your seeds and trying new seeds in your own garden!