Ecology Center Event

23rd Annual Bay Area Seed Swap

Fri, March 22, 2024 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ecology Center Store & Resource Center

Graphic for the 23rd Annual Seed Swap including a photo of a little free seed library labeled "Seeds for Bees" and a photo of two people examining seed packets.


First held in 2001, the Seed Swap is a free community event where attendees can trade and exchange edible and native plant seeds, learn about plant breeding, and get advice from seasoned gardeners. The seed swap is open to all, from beginners to experienced gardeners. 

  • Join a network of seed savers, gardeners, native pollinator supporters to share seeds for growing food and enhancing local habitat.
  • Get started planning your garden with seeds from local gardeners. 
  • Learn about seed libraries, growing and saving seeds.
  • Browse through the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL)

Participants are encouraged to bring labeled seeds. Extra seed-saving supplies will be available for those who want to learn more about seed-saving. To best prepare seeds for the swap, we ask attendees to pre-label with 1) the common name, 2) harvest location, 3) year harvested, and 4) number of plants collected from. Cooking and growing information is also helpful!

Limited envelopes for seeds will be available; please come prepared with small envelopes, empty pill bottles, baggies, or containers of your choice to bring home seeds.

The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) project was started by a network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving the remaining genetic diversity of our planet’s seed stock. This seed library was a first of its kind and has served as a model and inspiration to seed libraries across the country. More information about BASIL here. The 23rd Annual Seed Swap is hosted by the Ecology Center and Transition Berkeley

This event is free, though we ask that attendees bring seeds to exchange or consider a donation of $5-15. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

This event includes an optional potluck! We invite you to bring a dish to share if you'd like. If you choose to bring food, please also bring a list of ingredients.