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9th Annual Seed Swap: Free Seeds to Start Your Garden

Seed Swap & Giveaway

Dozens of vegetable and flower types and hundreds of varieties, including unique heirlooms and locally saved seeds will be available for free to encourage people in Evanston to grow their own food. (A limit as to the number of seed packets per person will be posted at the event.)

In addition to generous seed companies and farms, you can donate seeds you grew and saved or seed packets from past years you don't plan to use. Bring seeds with you and we'll let you take more home.

Noon – 2:30 p.m., March 19, 2022
Robert Crown Center Lobby

1801 Main Street, Evanston

with the Evanston Public Library


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., April 23, 2022
Evanston Ecology Center Courtyard

2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston

with the Ecology Center Earth Day Celebration

Come on out and get free seeds and share your saved seeds or seedlings you started (or seeds you did not use which were for growing season 2019 or more recent).

Masks are REQUIRED to participate.
Limits will be posted as to the number of packets each family may take. 

Bring seeds and seedlings to share if you have extra.

Free. (A suggested donation of $5 will help support these and other Edible Evanston programs. Those making donations of seeds or financial support can take home additional packets.)

Thanks to our donors, including:

Fedco Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Hudson Valley Seed Library
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Renee’s Garden Seeds
Seed Savers Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Sow True Seeds

Thank you to the generous seed companies who sent us seeds from overstock, from prior years, or just from their generous hearts! And thank you to our local seed donors—you know who you are.

Thank you to our donor seed companies, featured here with all our favorite seed suppliers.