MetaFilter Seed Exchange


This site is for the exchange of open-pollinated seeds by MeFi gardeners. It was created by Stewriffic and Miko in response to this thread.

We're striving to keep it simple. If you have open-pollinated seeds to share, please list them here by editing the wiki page to add your name and seeds to the table. Please be sure you can offer a seed set containing at least a dozen seeds for each plant. By listing the seeds, you agree to send any seeds requested as long as your supply lasts. Again to keep things simple, the seed sender will pay the postage.

In return, please request seeds from any user you see listed here. It would be nice if we can keep the number of requests you make close to the number of seed sets you are offering, so one doesn't feel unfairly loaded down with requests without getting enough back. Rather than make it a direct trade or one-to-one arrangement, imagine that you have "credits" - if you offer five types of seed, say, then you could comfortably request five different types from five different users without taxing the system.

When you see seeds you want to request, please contact the user offering them directly, using the email provided (linking to your MeFi profile for MeMail may be easiest). Please work out all mailing agreements on your own. We set up this site as a simple exchange board; individual transactions are at the discretion of the users involved. Please be nice. Most gardeners are anyway.

Note on seed saving: Please be sure you are offering "open-pollinated" seeds that will grow true to type in the next generation. Many great garden variety seeds are hybrids cultivated under careful and specific conditions, and though they produce great vegetables or fruits, when their seed is saved and planted the next year you won't get the same kind of plant because it will begin to revert to its hybrid components. If you have been planting and harvesting the same seed through several annual cycles and getting good results it's probably open-pollinated. Here is a good writeup on what "hybrid" and "open-pollinated" mean.

The Seed List

To add your seeds, click "edit this page" at the top of the page. You will see an "editor" toolbar. Click anywhere in the bottom row of the table. You'll see a floating table icon. Click the icon, click "row" in the drop down menu, click "add row" and then click "row below" to receive a brand new row. Fill in the new row with your information. Add as many rows as you like, then click "Save" in the top right of the toolbar to save your work on the page.
Username
Miko
Type of Seed
Bean - Cherokee Trail of Tears
Number of Lots Available
1
Contact eMail
MeMail
Location (USA, UK, etc)
Portsmouth, NH, USA - Zone 5
Miko
Bean - True Red Cranberry
2
MeMail

Miko
Bean - Lina Cisco's Bird Egg
2
MeMail

Miko
Pepper - Fish
1
MeMail

Miko
Sorrel - Common
1
MeMail

Miko
Fennel - Florence
1
MeMail

Miko
Green Bean - unknown but very prolific
1
MeMail

Miko
Bean - Christmas Lima
3
MeMail

Miko
Dill
4
MeMail

Miko
Arugula
2
MeMail

Miko
Tomato - Amish Paste
2
MeMail

Miko
Tomato - Nebraska Wedding
1
MeMail

Miko
Bean - Mayflower
2
MeMail

Stewriffic
Rhubarb--SEEDS, though.
almost unlimited
memail
In Durham, NC USA zone 7B. From MI
Stewriffic
Marigolds orange small and large mix (I think. They're marigolds for sure.)
20
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Marigolds large orange
20
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Marigolds small orange
3
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Marigolds small yellow
3
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Marigolds large yellow
5
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Daisies perennial
5
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
10
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Cosmos mixed
3
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Zinnea mixed
10
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Black-eyed susans
3
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Sunflower
2
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Peppers Frigatello
1
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Peppers Purple bell
1
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Pepper Possibly serrano
1
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Tomato German Queen
1
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Tomato German Johnson
1
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Tomato Pink Beefsteak
2
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Tomato Black Krim
1
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Tomato Cherokee Purple
2
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Tomato Green Zebra
2
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
Stewriffic
Gourd--Bottle Gourd
2
memail
Durham NC USA Zone 7B
nax
Prairie Coneflower
20
MyFolia mail or memail
Chicago IL USA Zone 5
ArgentCorvid
Aloe Vera (specific variety unknown)
7 rooted clones
gmail in profile
Iowa, USA











Notes on sending seeds over national borders.
*In the US, you may import seeds from other countries legally. The USDA requires people importing "small lots of seed" - any number of lots of up to 50 packets of 50 types of seeds) to file a permit request entitling you to import for three years. The FDA does not require notification if seeds are intended for personal use rather than industrial use.
*Seeds of species on the CITES list (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) should not be offered for trade to or from any nation (http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.shtml)
*The United States Department of Agriculture lists plants considered Invasive and Noxious Weeds." Please don't import any seeds for these plants to the United States.
*Separate states in the US often maintain their own lists of invasive and noxious plants. Please consult your state's department of agriculture for more information.
*The Rock Gardeners Society of North America has compiled a list of all species prohibited in the US by the various agencies here.