Last year's event was a success, so local gardener Leanne Ferree is organizing the second seed swap in York County.

The Susquehanna Seed Swap will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road in Hellam Township.

"It's a really good networking event for local gardeners. It brings awareness to gardening and ultimately attracts people to the Horn Farm Center," the Spring Garden resident said.

More than 50 people attended the event last year, swapping thousands of seeds.

Horn Farm Center can accommodate up to 100 people during this year's swap, Ferree said.

Last year, farmers, gardeners and those who were simply curious got together to swap seeds and skills. They also learned how to save seeds and help them bloom.

"An advantage to local seed swaps is knowing the seeds you're getting are better acclimated to the local soil. We're collectively breeding locally hardy seeds," Ferree said.

Saving money: The event will also include workshops and charges a $5 registration fee per guest that is donated to Horn Farm Center.

Going to the seed swap will save guests some money in the long run, said Jon Darby, farm manager at the Horn Farm Center.

"If everyone swaps their excess seeds, they're going to save money while getting what they need," he said.

It's also a good community builder and promotes a healthy food supply, Darby said.

"A lot of people are interested in where their food comes from. Growing your own food is certainly part of that," he said.


The seeds exchanged last year produced a wide variety of tomatoes, squash, melons and peppers, and people also swapped seeds for flowers, medicinal plants, tobacco, herbs and heirloom flowers, Darby said.

"Tobacco was unusual. You don't see a lot of small gardeners growing that," he said.

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