A couple weeks ago I was stuck in rush hour traffic and I came up with the bright idea to host a seed swap, but with a little DigginFood twist. Instead of just sending seeds, I decided it would be way more fun if everyone sent their favorite recipe and a packet of seeds for one of the recipe’s ingredients.
I’ve been wanting to organize a swap ever since I participated in the Punk Rock Garden Swap that Renee Garner organized last year. It was so, so fun and I got some really cool stuff. Renee is an amazing gardener, graphic designer, and artist who blogs at Wolfie and the Sneak and at Modish. Renee has created a series of really beautiful, free downloads at Wolfe and the Sneak, including Easy Peasy Compost Instructions, a garden planning worksheet, and a set of lovely recipe cards! So I asked Renee if she would be willing to share the recipe cards for this swap and she most generously agreed (Thanks, Renee!).
To help manage the swap, I’m using Swap Bot, which is a website that makes organizing swaps easier for people who are slightly disorganized (like me). Here’s how it works.
1. To sign up for the Feed Me: Recipe and Seed Swap click on this link: http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/35078
The password for the swap is: DigginFood
2. You’ll need to register on Swap Bot (don’t worry, it’s free, quick, and simple). The last day to register is next Tuesday, April 21. On April 22nd you’ll get an email from Swap Bot with the address of your partner.
3. For the swap, you’ll need to choose a favorite recipe. Then, download the recipe cards designed by Renee (just click on the recipe card image above to download the PDF or click here). Print the recipe cards on matte card stock. Write your recipe on a card, get seeds for one of the ingredients, wrap everything up nice and pretty and send it off to your partner by April 28.
4. I have just a few swapping hints. It’s probably a little late to send seeds of warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants that need to be started indoors. Consider choosing a recipe that highlights fresh vegetables or herbs. If you sign up for the swap, be sure to send off your recipe and seeds by April 28, otherwise you’ll leave your partner hanging.
I’m planning on setting up a Flickr group so swap participants can upload photos of their seeds, of the plants growing in their gardens, and the dishes they make with their new recipes. If you’ve never done a swap before, you should try it! It’s a great way to connect with people who share your interests and getting your package in the mail is super, super fun!