Just like humans like to take a vacation and see new sites, so do our seeds Once a year a group of gardeners go through and lovingly package our seed babies up, and send them out to find new homes.
This seed swap orginally started many years ago. The person who orginally started it was doing a bunch seed trades. Along the way, she discovered that with all that seed trading she was building a collection of various types of seed. She wanted to find homes for the extra seed she had, yet find new things for herself.
Over the years, the more folks joined in and the swap grew. One year, the swap became a place not for trading just new or freshly harvested seed, but it became a place to give the leftovers, seed folks never got a chance to plant, a second chance to find a good home.
This swap has had many names over the years as hostess have changed. Today it is called the Hog Wild Seed Swap. It developed this name from the one year when a participant affectionatly said she felt like a piggy for all the seed she got and the others agreed and felt the same way. It's a swap with a chance for folks with little or hardly any seed at all to come and gather more seed than they thought possible.
The Hog Wild Seed swap is a bit of a different kind of a swap. The swap is open to everybody. The swap starts officially Nov 3, but you can join in at anytime the swap is going on. Some folks are shy and like to watch a bit before joining in. That fine, no need to be shy, we all were new to this swap at one time or another.
It may look complicated, but it's not. The Hog Wild Seed Swap has 3 parts. This is the short version:
Part one, no matter how many seeds you bring to the swap, you can ask for up to 100 packets of seed from other folks list. Maybe you only grow Marigolds and Petunias, that's perfectly fine, bring them on, your welcome to join. You do have to have some seeds to play unless you are what we call a Survivor. That is a person who this past year lost their gardens due to floods, tornadoes, fires, hurricane s or other natural disasters. They need no seed to join. Part of this swap mission is to share and help those Survivor folks to rebuild their gardens.