City Folks Farm Shop is hosting a seed swap. Start thinking about planning this year's plants early and grab a few seeds to try out new varieties. If you don't have seeds to swap, come mingle and look through the seed catalogs to preorder your seeds for a discount. Also, learn about some heirloom seeds and their importance from Bear Braumoeller of Slow Food Columbus.
I've never been to a seed swap, but it's a pretty cool idea. If you like to grow some of your own food like me, this is a great opportunity to try out some new ones. The seed swap is this Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Folks Farm Shop, 4760 N. High St. Parking for the event is in the rear and the event is free, but registration suggested. To register, call 614-946-5553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Say you have some pepper-but more than you want to plant-so you swap them for some basil seeds. That way, you have a different plant to grow and someone else has some of your seeds to try out a different plant, too. Participants are asked to only bring heirloom/non-modified seeds to the swap. Mark your seeds so people know what they are. Also, try and have some idea of seeds you want to plant before coming, too, so you can preorder from the shop if there's not some you want at the swap. City Folks is offering a 10% discount on Baker Creek and Seed Saver Exchange seeds plus free shipping when you order at the event. Tea will be offered, so please bring your tea cup for your drink.
In addition to the seed swap, Bear Braumoeller from Slow Food Columbus will speak about Arc of Taste seeds and their importance in the food chain and Allison from Como Yarden will be offering some of her seeds in the swap. (Since I don't have a good place to grow seeds indoors without my cat digging in the dirt and wreaking havoc, I bought plants from Allison of Como Yarden last year and suggest you do this if you are in the same situation. If you lack the space to plant a sizeable garden, you might want to look into reserving a community garden plot in your area. I have a friend who buys a plot near the city where he works.)
TIPS: Bring money to buy yummy food and drink from the food truck. Bring extra bags or envelopes to put your seeds in and a pen to write what they are on the bag/envelope. I also highly recommend you bring some extra money since the shop offers so many other great products from canning, composting, rain barrels, gardening tools, bird seeds and animal feed, bird houses, soap-making supplies and more. Parking is in lot to the rear of the store and there's street parking along Beechwold Boulevard.
***If seeds aren't your thing, consider the other events and classes offered at City Folks. There's one coming up on Tuesday, Jan. 21, "Winter Wellness" where particpants will make Elderberry syrup, throat lozengers, skin salve and lip balm. Cost is $35. Register by calling 614-946-5553. ***