The annual Seed Swap event hosted by the Williamson Farmer’s Market is coming up on Saturday, March 2nd. The event will be held in the Williamson Fire Department from 9:00am – 1:00pm. A large area will be dedicated to swapping seeds, but that’s not all this day has to enjoy!
The Seedy Part
“We will have some seeds for sale and some available at a “for donation” cost, but if growers have old heirloom seeds or extra seeds from last year, those will be there too. We will have a space dedicated to the swap part so they can exchange seeds for things they need, but don’t have,” says Maria Arnot, Director of Community Agriculture for the Williamson Farmer’s Market.
Seeds and plants are offered early so you can get your garden started early. This will give farmers time to grow lots of products to sell this year. For the private gardener, this allows time for a fresh food supply through the season and extra to preserve for later.
Growing Your Knowledge
A special speaker, several workshops, and classes will be happening on Saturday.
Evan Nelson from the Robert C. Byrd Institute will be the keynote speaker for the day. Mr. Nelson specializes in lean agriculture practices which is how to create more value on your farm/garden with less work! His presentation on this subject will begin at 11:00am.
Other workshops and classes include:
9:00 am-12:00 pm- Seed Saving
9:30 am-10:00 am- Organic Garden Maintenance
10:10 am-10:40 am- Permaculture
The Refresh Appalachia Booth will be talking about composting at their booth.
Not a Gardener? That’s Okay! Come Shop and Eat!
It’s more than seeds and gardening on Seedy Saturday! It’s like an expo of seeds, garden fresh, hand-crafted, and delicious treats!
Maria says, “If you like to garden or if you just like to shop, you should come! We have approximately fifteen vendors signed up. They will be offering veggies, canned and baked goods, fresh bread, handcrafted bowls, quilts, candles, essential oils, and more.”
Some of the vendors coming include Walker’s Family Farms offering fresh apple butter and maple syrup. Powell Family Farms will have fresh meats. Lonnie and Debby Bowen will offer their amazing handcrafted items.
Local restaurant, 34:Ate, will be selling fresh biscuits made with honey and sweet potatoes. Bring your appetite! These biscuits are yummy!
Come join the fun on Seedy Saturday! Swap seeds, swap stories, do some shopping, and support your local farmers and artisans. See you there!