The Taos Seed Exchange is a free community service for home gardeners to swap seed. Seed Exchange stations of vegetable, flower and herb seed are set up in progressive businesses, such as second hand stores, an herb store, a food co-op, and a Fair Trade coffee shop. Gardeners can swap their old seed for new-to-them seed throughout the entire growing season.
We sponsor a huge annual seed swap in March, we grow and sell nursery starts, and we offer Renee’s Garden Seeds for sale at a few select locations. We are happy to answer gardening questions, and we have gotten quite a few green thumbs started around the country!
This year, we had several requests for seed donations to get community gardens, school gardens, and new seed exchanges and seed libraries started around the US. Since the Taos Seed Exchange was built on and continues to be driven by donations, we were thrilled to be able to pay it forward.
April 13, 2017 – The Taos News heard I was building a greenhouse, so Cindy Brown came out and did an interview.
Oct 2016 – The Taos News called asking for information about preparing the garden for winter: Transition to the fall: It’s time to winterize your Taos garden
March 2016 – SeedBroadcast came to the 3rd Annual Taos Seed Swap last week. This is the write-up with great photos and the interview I did with Jen.
Dec 2015 – We started off the 2016 growing season with a radio interview on local radio station KNCE’s Farm to Table show. Many thanks to Michelle Bevell for inviting me! She and her husband, Brandon, also own the Flowerdust Fruit Market, our newest location for a seed exchange station and retail racks of Renee’s Garden Seeds!
Cool Beans!, March-April 2015 – I wrote a piece about the Taos Seed Exchange for the Richmond (CA) Seed Lending Library newsletter. Check the Up Beet! section!
Taos News, March 19-26, 2015 edition, mention in Teresa Dovalpage’s Spanish column, Consejos primaverales: cinco expertas comparten sus opiniones (Spring Tips: Five experts share their views).
Taos News, March 12-18, 2015 edition, Home & Garden Section blurb about the 2nd Annual Taos Seed Swap.
March 2015 – In the SeedBroadcast agri-Culture Journal Spring 2015 edition, I wrote about the rewards of starting and operating the Taos Seed Exchange, page 14.
January 31, 2015 – Taos News brief about our National Seed Swap Day events.
January 19, 2015 – Taos News article, Growing an indoor winter garden, by Teresita Dovalpage.
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May 2, 2014 – Taos news article about the Garden Party and plant/seed sale at More pieces.
February 14, 2014 – Taos News article by Virginia Clark, photos by Tina Larkin, Nanny Appleseed: Spreading green love in Taos
January 16, 2014 – A few words about the kickstarter in the Home & Garden section of the Taos News:
January 2014 – A mention in an article about bees in the Taos Daily Weekly.
January 12, 2014 – The Taos Seed Exchange was endorsed by GMO Free USA.
BE INSPIRED. Last winter, Nan Fischer started the Taos Seed Exchange in Taos, New Mexico. It’s a free community service for home gardeners to swap seeds. It is available throughout the growing season in local, progressive businesses.
It started with donations from seed companies and hundreds of pounds of seed grown out by local gardeners. The Seed Exchange was more successful than expected! In 2014, there will be more stations as well as other services.
Nan is raising money through a kickstarter to get a jump on this season. Learn about her Seed Exchange endeavor here, and make a donation if you can help: www.sweetlyseeds.com
If you’d like to learn more about how you can start a seed exchange, send us a message and we’ll introduce you to Nan. We think she’s AWESOME and you will, too!
March 15, 2013 – KRZA public radio with Lisa Jo Goldman. She was so much fun to hang out with, and she is a very creative producer! I was impressed with how this came out. Listen below! Friend or follow Lisa Jo on Facebook.
March 28, 2013 – Rick Aragón, manager of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Taos, offered to make a video for me. There was a seed exchange station set up in the store, but people were wondering how to use it. This vid clarified that! Thanks, Rick!
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April 17, 2013 – Teresita Dovalpage of the Taos News found the Taos Seed Exchange Facebook page and excitedly messaged me for an interview! An avid gardener herself, she was happy to find the Seed Exchange, asked great questions and let me fill in some blanks after we met at the ReStore.
June 2013 – Tania Casselle of Local Flavor, a Santa Fe food magazine, also found the Taos Seed Exchange on Facebook. She wanted to highlight new gardening businesses in her column about Taos, The Taos Hum, for the Annual Farm & Ranch issue. Photo by Lenny Foster. Tania and Lenny were both fun and wonderful to spend time with, and they, too, were supportive of my project.
November 14, 2013 – A friend of mine, Julie, works at the Taos News. In November, one of the editors needed some gardening news, which is tough to find off-season! Julie mentioned that I was beginning to publish a newsletter. The result was a blurb on the front page of the Home & Garden section. Click the image to enlarge it.
April 19, 2013 – The main inspiration for the Taos Seed Exchange came from an organization in Hawaii called Eating in Public. Their focus is food, and one part of their work is setting up Seed Sharing Stations. Gaye Chan, one of the co-founders, discovered the Taos Seed Exchange on Facebook and left this very supportive and inspiring comment. This meant the world to me, obviously! Gaye and I have been in contact ever since. She donated her art to a fundraiser last summer, and she continually gives me good ideas.
All season long, I received support from the community online and in real time. I wish I could have captured every comment, share, compliment, hug, kind word and smile! I can only carry them with me and put them into my work. Thanks to everyone who’s been behind me through this journey!