National Seed Swap Day

Whether you live on Belvidere Street or in Bushwick, Brooklyn, or beyond, you are invited to attend the 2022 Seed Swap at Remains Lighting Co. We will hold the event on Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 10 am to 1 pm, in the garden of the Remains studio, located at 21 Belvidere Street in Brooklyn, NY.

It may be Winter, but we believe that coming together and sharing resources, knowledge, and cheer will melt the hardest of frosts!

What is a seed swap?
A seed swap is a community event in which veteran farmers and novice green thumbs alike gather to share seeds, learn about gardening, and get to know each other.

What is Remains Lighting Co., and why is it hosting a seed swap?
Remains Lighting Co. has been a resident of Bushwick since 2009. At our LEED Gold certified factory, we manufacture and restore decorative lighting, mirrors, and candlesticks for a wide range of clientele. In line with our commitment to sustainable practices, we have a garden on Belvidere Street in which we grow vegetables and herbs. The 2022 Seed Swap is an endeavor to extend our passion for environmental health and to foster new and creative connections in our community. For more information about Remains, please visit our website.

What should I bring?
We encourage you to bring heirloom seeds of all different plant varieties; fruit, vegetable, and flower seeds are all welcome. All seeds should be properly labeled. An optional, but great contribution to the seed swap would be to include a photo of what the seed produces, as well as details about the year the seeds were collected, the species variety, the person grew the seeds and from what sort of garden, and tips for ensuring a plentiful harvest. In addition to tables on which we can all organize our seeds, we will have a “free library” table where you can share gardening books, seed catalogs, and magazines in good shape.

Please do not share old, GMO, illegal or patented seeds, or seeds from hybrid or invasive species, for the following reasons:
- Seeds older than 2-4 years (depending on the species) will usually fail to produce plants.
- The use of GMO seeds is controversial. We ask that you not contribute GMO seeds due to common concerns about the (often unexpected) effects of GMO plants on home gardens.
Patented seeds are illegal to trade in the United States. You can identify patented seeds by a ™ symbol, or by using a seed catalog.
- Seeds from hybrid plants cannot reproduce.

We want everyone to be able to grow plants that exist in harmony with their environment. For that reason, we ask that you do not bring seeds of invasive species. For a list of species that are invasive to the New York City area, please reference this list: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/265.html Those with and without seeds to share are encouraged to join the event. We welcome all.

How many seeds can I take home?
We encourage generous sharing. That said, we want to make sure that everyone can take home enough seeds for starting, planting, and/or saving, so please be judicious with the number of seeds of each type that you take home. We recommend taking 5-30 seeds of each type, depending on the species.

What will be provided?
Remains Lighting Co. will offer event attendees refreshments, seeds of great variety, small glassine bags for temporary seed storage and transport, and stickers to seal the bags. We encourage everyone, children and adults alike, to decorate their bags with stickers, colorful markers, and other art supplies, all of which will be provided. There is no cost to participate in this event. Email Tessa at tpelzman@remains.com with any questions.

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