Holiday Seed Exchange?

David Trammel's picture

How does everyone feel about a holiday seed exchange? I've got a bunch of seeds, unfortunately many several years old, that I won't have a chance to plant. Be nice to let them have a chance as well as to try some new ones.

With the way the postal mail is being delayed, I was thinking we mail them to a central person until some point around the end of the year, then distribute what we've gotten.

kma's picture

I'm a seed collector. Mr. KMA says I'm a seed hoarder.

mountainmoma's picture

Mine are now all gone, excepting some saved corn seed in a jar, and I might still get out there and collect some of the tomato seeds, so let me check out the tomatoes and if so I will respond back here.

Most of my seeds were in paper packaging, and in the pantry room where the smoke from the wildfire was too thick it permeated all paper products, so I had to put ALOT of my stuff outside and get rid of it, I couldnt handle the stuff in paper or cardboard or uphoulstered due to my asthma. The bulk of the seeds were in a box on the deck as I was going to see if a non-asthmas local wanted them, then it rained 16 inches last week.

David Trammel's picture

Wow, that's rough. I didn't realize you'd been hit that hard.

mountainmoma's picture

It's been a rough year, Im not even living in my house yet, I am in a 19ft travel trailer. But I am lucky and it is mostly dry inside, the front door of the actual house let in water in the winds of this last storm, something else to put "on the list" ( ha !) The winds shook the partialy built goat stalls ( the barn burned down in the fire) so hard it ripped the longer wall off of its connection to the shorter wall perpendicular, pulled the framing nails out - I am now off to a hardware store.

Storms like this are normal, not usually this early in the year, and not always do we have them this bad, yet again, I have seen worse. I have seen an inch and hour of rain once, for far too many hours, that is when the roads kind of melt away. You look out the window and cant see for how thick the rain is. But that was only once. The rain falls all in one part of the year, and most of it in intense rain storms, that is the nature of this location. Normal at my location is 60-100 inches a year and most of that over a couple months. I should have had a few more weeks to get a top plate and rafters on that, but it is what it is, and who knows who I can hire to help finish it anyways.

I have three or four different varieties of drying bean seed I could contribute. They make good bean soup or burrito filling.

Does this work for those of us outside the USA?

David Trammel's picture

I'm not sure of the regulations, though if I mail it and don't mention what's in it, does that count?

ClareBroommaker's picture

Many, if not all countries, ask for a phytosanitary certificate which may need to indicate in what way the seeds were rid of soil particles, pathogens, insects, algae, fungi, etc. Methods such as methylbromide fumigation (not practical for home gardeners) may be required. Some countries are very strict. Australia, for example, does not commonly let plant matter get by them.

Even between states here in the U.S., there are a lot of seed & plant shipping regulations that I would guess most people have no idea of. Here is a source where one can look at what each state requires or forbids. In the US states, though, it is not the post office that enforces these matters. An awful lot seems to come down to the honor system, plus threat of being sued by, say, the pecan growers whose orchards were infested by a pest that came in scion wood you sent them.

Might not want to run afoul of US postal service. I have to use them for business stuff, and I've heard they're nasty if you cross them.

I have extra parsnip and snap pea seeds this year. But I could also give them away locally. It would be simpler, and most of us don't have similar environments, so the seeds we exchanged would probably be poorly adapted to the recipient's conditions anyway.

I think I'll stick to local.

David Trammel's picture

Regrettably based on the comments about the restriction on mailing seeds, it looks like we won't have a seed exchange this year.

David Trammel's picture

I did some digging and it looks like it is legal to mail seeds within the US, though some varieties of plants can be illegal in certain states.

See the second post on links to what is illegal by state.

I'm open to trying to get this going again if people want to participate.