Seed Swap


Posted on 15th February 2013 by admin in blog |Seeds

Join in the ever-popular and truly great time that is the BASIL Seed Swap on Friday, February 15 from 7-9 pm at the Ecology Center in Berkeley.

Seed Swap Card

Potluck supper, hoe down music, home-grown garden seeds, raffle and the company of fantastic local gardeners!  To prepare please pre-label your seeds with the common name, variety name, genus, species, harvest location, year harvested, the # of plants collected from, cooking and growing  information.

Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley.  Bring food and seeds to share or $10 donation.

7:00 Making the most of the Seed Swapwith Mat Rogers of Curate-a Crop in the Sierra Club Room

The bounty of tables and tables full of seeds at the BASIL Seed Swap can be mind-boggling and the desire to collect them all overwhelming for the enthusiastic gardener and seed saver. This talk will cover basics to help you make the most of the seed swap.  What crops can be grown together and produce viable seed?  Which seeds can be sown directly in the garden and which must be started indoors?  How do I know if this seed is good?  Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this informative workshop before the seed swap.

7:30 on Old Tyme Music in the Ecology Center

Swap seeds and sign up for the Curate-a-crop program

Your local seed libraries need you to grow, save, and return seed. Help by joining the Curate-a-Crop program.

  • Pick out one or more varieties from the collection highlights to grow out
  • Accompanied by a series of workshops to make you a skilled seed saver
  • Events for the nascent seed saving community
  • Return seed and share your story after the harvest
  • Create a population of locally-adapted open-pollinated seed to feed our cities

Sign up at

8:30 Raffle!

Gift Certificate to Good Vibrations

Gift Certificate to Westbrea Nursery

Gift Certificate to Urban Ore

Gift Certificate for a Yoga class from Bridget Fredrick

Pink Garden Pruners from Hida Tools

Edible Plants from People’s Grocery

Local Chile Mint Tea from Grey Dog Teas

Baked Goods from Oakland Hearth Bakery & Catering

9:00 Seed Swap Ends, Clean Up Begins!

Please lend a hand! There will be a lot to clean!

9:30 Afterparty, Karaoke at Nicks Lounge!

Sing your heart out all night with other rowdy gardeners!

3218 Adeline St Berkeley, CA 94703


Seed Swap and Class next weekend


Posted on 25th March 2012 by admin in blog |Events |Seeds

Agrariana’s Backyard Seed Bank invites you to two upcoming seed saving events…

Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) 13th Annual Seed Swap

Friday, March 30, 2012

Potluck supper, hoe down music, home-grown garden seeds, and the company of fantastic local gardeners! Come learn about seed saving classes and the Library. BASIL is a project of the Ecology Center.

7pm – 9pm. Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley

Cost: food and seeds to share or $10 donation.

More info at: 510-548-2220 x233,,

Basic Seed Saving Workshop

April 1, 1-3 pm, at Permaculture Institute of the East Bay

Resister to RSVP and be given the location.

Co-taught by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) and Agrariana

This is the kickoff event for our Curate a Crop campaign for the 2012 growing season, a series of workshops and community events to teach you everything you need to know to be a proficient backyard seed grower to share seeds with friends, neighbors, and local seed libraries.

This hands on workshop will cover basic seed saving, botanical terms, plant sex, garden planning & seed processing. We will focus on beans, lettuce, peppers, & tomatoes.

Participants who wish to grow seed for their local seed library will receive plants or seeds of locally adapted, open pollinated vegetables.

Sliding scale $5-30, no one turned away, please RSVP

For more info contact