Friday, Mar. 08, 2013
Seed swap planned for Saturday
By Bethany Bashioum
With temperatures looking to reach the high 50s this weekend, the thought of springtime may begin to feel a little closer than it has in the last few weeks.
With planting season also just around the corner, the Cass County Fair Horticulture Committee will be hosting a free seed swap Saturday, March 9.
The event will be held at the Community Building in Pleasant Hill, 308 W. Commercial St., on the Cass County Fairgrounds.
Committee Co-Chair Bernie Zeller, of Harrisonville, said anyone who is interested in gardening and swapping seeds is invited. The building is handicap-accessible.
Participants are invited to bring seeds, roots, cuttings and plants - anything that will grow - to share with others.
It is not required for attendees to have items to trade.
“We especially encourage new gardeners, youth, and those with financial difficulties to come and pick up things to grow,” Zeller said.
Those who come are asked to bring some kind of small bag, envelopes or small bottles to hold their seeds.
The swap will be open from 1:30-4 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m., agriculture specialist Phil Moore will also lead a presentation on seed preservation.
The Horticulture Committee hosted a similar event in early February, and hope to make the seed swap an annual event.
“The main reason I wanted to do it was to get people together, for new gardeners or people who can’t afford to buy all their seeds, and to have an outlet to get seeds,” Zeller said.
With the development of the blogging world and the availability of gardening forums online, Zeller said seed swaps have typically been done through the mail in recent years.
“That’s not as much fun,” she said. “We’re hoping that with some of the seeds that are picked up, some people will grow something and enter into the fair just to get more entries.”
Zeller is interested in planning seed swaps in communities throughout the county next year if there is enough interest.
For more information about the seed swap, Zeller can be contacted at 816-380-7801