The Taos (New Mexico) Seed Exchange is a free community service for home gardeners to swap seed. There are exchange stations in progressive, non-gardening businesses around the county.
I applied for a grant from Seeds of Change to build a garden for growing some of our own seed, as well as teaching people how to garden. There is a voting period until April 18, and you can vote every day! Then the SOC judges will evaluate the top 50 projects for the awards. Please vote and share! Thank you!
We also sponsor one-day seed swaps, and we have three scheduled so far!
- Feb 20 from 11-2 at Flowerdust Fruit Market on 64W. This is a bake sale and fundraiser, too.
- Mar 19 at 10am at the Juan I Gonzales Agricultural Building on Chamisa Road. This will the be the 3rd Annual, the big one, with demonstrations, and lots of gardeners and extension agents to speak with.
- This has been put off until next year, but stay tuned for that info! April, time and date TBD, Dixon Community Center, in conjunction with the Embudo Valley Library, and hopefully the unveiling of their new seed lending library.
The 2016 growing season will be the 4th year for us! The seed exchange has been built on donations from seed companies and local gardeners (Seed Fairies), the sweat of volunteers, the cooperation of the businesses hosting exchange stations (Seed Angels), and cash donations. You can make a donation of any amount below! I am NOT a non-profit, so it is not tax deductible.
If you would like to be a Seed Angel or a Seed Fairy, please contact me! You will be doing a gracious thing for our community, and I will market your business for the year. I will list you on the website, Facebook page, and in written materials at events. I also network through word-of-mouth and making the various donor businesses drop off points or meeting places. You get a lot of ‘air time’!
Rick Aragón, manager of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in 2013, made this video of me explaining how the seed exchange works. Thanks, Rick!
If you would like to start a seed exchange where you live, I wrote up instructions on how to start a Seed Exchange in your community!
Taos Market & Diner
Taos Fly Shop
Flowerdust Fruit Market
Habitat ReStore – This is set up year round!
2016 Seed Fairies (donors):
Bounty Beyond Belief (BBB Seeds)
Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative
Annie’s Heirloom Seeds
Sustainable Seed Company
High Mowing Organic Seeds
White Harvest Seed Company
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
The Living Seed Company
Sow True Seed
Farm Direct Organic Seed
Redwood Organic Seeds
Zulu’s Petals Farm
I have gotten some beautiful seed donations from local gardeners, too!
More to come!
The Seed Exchange is run entirely on donations. It started with $200 of my own money, and I put in 200 hours just to set it up. Seeds and plants were donated all season, and I restocked and cleaned up each station weekly.
This project continues to grow with more Seed Exchange stations and Seed Swaps, which means I need to devote more of my self to it. I am a home and garden writer, which pays my bills, but I volunteer my time and money to operate the Seed Exchange.
If you could make a donation of any amount, gardeners around Taos County and I would appreciate it!
I do not have non-profit status, so this is not tax deductible! Just know that it is going to a wonderful cause, a much-needed service in our community. You will be added to the list of Seed Fairies in all the marketing materials.