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What do you think about exploring ways of getting an active and effective seed exchange going?
I'd like the idea of having a seed exchange - but in the past have found them to not work well! 12%  12%  [ 10 ]
I think its a great thing to have running - let's do it! 88%  88%  [ 74 ]
Nah - I think they suck. We are better off just buying/saving our seed individually! 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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hi harry,

glad to see you made it over to our humble abode harry. good advice there.

please make yourself welcome here. i'm sure your knowledge will be a big help here.

maybe if you get time you can even start to think about setting up a system. i'm more then willing to help out if need. hope to see you around this forum from time to time.

speak to you soon mate.

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I'd be interested to hear a bit more about how the group works.


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Check out http://www.seedsavers.net/lsn/ for a bit of a description of local seed networks general.

In some ways, something for AP people would be slightly different, because it is a distributed network of people rather than geographically based group.

To date, our group has simply acted as a seed bank of sorts. This is not ideal. Ideally, what is catalogued is the seed which is available from each member of the network. People then gather for seed swapping days or contact the member directly for specific seed.

The national hub has a seed bank and seed from this can be accessed whenever. They also publish a list of abundant seed which they distribute for free on a regular basis.

What a link to Seedsavers would bring, even were you to decide to be a distributed network of AP seedsavers and have your own hub, is free resources, knowledge and a very large and stable base of the most diverse seed you will find in Australia.

I have copies of the LSN manual which I can lend. I also have copies of the Seed Savers Handbook for borrowing to ppl in WA.

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hey mods how are we going on this do we need volunteers?

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Hi guys,

Vegie girl here.

There are a lot of established seed exchanges - mostly under the banner of The Seedsavers Network:

http://www.seedsavers.net/

Anyway, the way they do it now (which works really well) is that once per year folks enter the seed they have to offer on a register, and this is sent to all members (there is a nominal amount to be a member). The resister shows the name of the plant, and any other details the individual gardener knows about it. Then they say the amount that they have available, ie 'limited' or 'large amount'..and what they require to send it, ie please send them 5 postage stamps and they will send you the seed, etc.
As all members have the chance of applying for seed, and no-one is seeking to make money out of it, then the cost of getting it is really the cost of the postage.
It seems to work really well, but then it partly depends upon the people sending the seed having some idea of what they are doing (eg not sending mouldy seed, or seed from diseased plants that may carry through into the seedlings), amd it also depends upon someone writing up the register.

Just an idea, anyway.

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Whoops - had scrolled past the reply 2 posts back!

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So I have a bag full of cos lettuce seeds. These cos grew like VB's I think, over 1 metre tall.
What do I do to let ppl know I have it and find out if they want it?

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I assume a separate post topic just for seed swapping would work as well as anything?

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Now that would be a place to start!

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What do you mean by VB's by the way, I am missing something there...I take it they just grew really big!!

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yeah, Im pretty sure Veggie boy had photos of a mega cos growing.

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PostPosted: Apr 7th, '09, 06:43 
You mean this one Kuda... ??
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Yah dat's da wun! Was it yours Rope? Sorry for the misidentification... :oops:

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There are seed exchanges out there. Maybe build one that is just for plants that perform well in AP.

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Top idea!

As an aquaponics newbie I appreciate the incredible wealth of information members have made available here and I feel a little guilty not having anything to contribute, at least I can give back a little by contributing the seeds I harvest in the dirt garden.

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