Southampton Seed Swap is a community seed swapping, gardening and environmental living event which happens every year in Southampton, Hampshire.
This year because of Covid-19 restrictions, we will be running an online event of talks and drop-in sessions from February to March 2021. The programme and booking links will appear soon!
Inspired by Seedy Sunday in Brighton, has been running since 2006.
The swap gives growers can choose seeds from dozens of traditional varieties of garden vegetables in return for a donation or in exchange for seed they have saved.
It’s also a great place to meet likeminded people, from newbie gardeners to people who have been giving away free courgettes by the tonne for years!
The seed swap is organised by Ziggy Woodward & her amazing crew at The Art House Southampton. Crew members include John Curtis, Paul Bickmore (Bik) & Jani Franck. Many thanks for your help, patience and persistence through the years!
Open-pollinated, ‘heritage’ varieties of seeds are often no longer commercially available, but have adapted naturally to local growing conditions. They also make for unusual, yummy and colourful additions to your garden and table!
Southampton Seed Swap would like to acknowledge that many of the methods, ideas and practices we promote and use owe their origins to Indigenous practices from all over the globe, the roots of which have been disturbed and usurped by Western colonialism and Imperialism.
We also recognise the women and femmes who have developed and taught these traditions without due recognition. We honour and respect these traditions, both past and present, and owe an immeasurable debt to the wisdom-keepers who have maintained and passed on this knowledge.
Southampton Seed Swap is organised by volunteers and self-funded – donate to support the event now!