Goshen College to host Michiana Regional Seed Swap Jan. 20

GOSHEN, Ind. -- Local gardeners and plant enthusiast from around the area will be gathering later this month as Goshen College is set to host the sixth annual Michiana Regional Seed Swap on Jan. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"This networking and educational event is for local residents seeking to exchange and learn about seeds," said Ashlee Hoogenboom, Director of Communications and Marketing for Goshen College. "Participants can trade or acquire seeds, learn about seed saving techniques and gardening practices, browse resource tables and vendors, and connect with other gardeners."

The free event is open to the public and will take place at Goshen College's Church-Chapel at 1900 S. Main St. in Goshen.

"All are welcome, from first-time gardeners to experienced growers, including children and families," Hoogenboom said. "Two food vendors including Tacos El Portal will be present from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as well as various baked goods from 9:30 a.m. until sold out."

Event organizers say there will be educational sessions for guests throughout the event with some of the topics including “The Science of our Mother Corn: A Case Study of the Adaptation of Northern Mexican Corn in Michigan,” "Propagating Native Seeds the Easy Way," and "Myaamia Connection to the Land."

“A seed swap supports the biodiversity of crops grown in our region,” said John Sherck, a local seed grower and swap contributor. “Exchanging seeds helps us create a ‘living seed bank’ of vegetables, grains, flowers and herbs that are regionally adapted to our area.”

Speakers at the event include Cyndy García-Weyandt, John Brittenham, Doug Peconge and Dani Tippman.

"Herb, vegetable and flower seeds will be available through sales, trades and free of cost thanks to generous donations. Participants are not required to bring seeds to the event but are encouraged to do so if they have them," Hoogenboom said. "Everyone is welcome to come for the duration of the event or to just drop in."

Additional details about the seed swap can be found here.

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