NOTE FOR 2023:
Most Seedy Saturday events have returned to an in person format, after potentially taking place remotely over the last couple of years. Some events, particularly those in larger or more densely populated urban areas, will operate in a hybrid format in order to continue operating safely amid COVID-19.
Seedy Saturdays are a remarkable phenomenon. They are not one event, but a series of separate events, which have sprung up across the country, each individually and uniquely organized under the same general themes of encouraging the use of open-pollinated and heritage seeds, enabling a local seed exchange, and educating the public about seed saving and environmentally responsible gardening practices. They usually occur on a Saturday, hence the name, but also occur on Sundays and other days. Read more about Seedy Saturdays.
Seedy Saturdays are fun, inexpensive events where you can swap and exchange seeds, get exciting varieties that other seed savers are sharing (as well as the stories that come with them), attend workshops and talks, meet vendors and buy seeds from seed companies. Whether you are a first-time or master gardener, seed enthusiast or expert seed saver, there really is something for everyone.
Take a look at some images of these lively community events:
Where can I find a Seedy Saturday near me?
Visit our Events Page for a full listing of Seedy Saturdays (and Sundays ... and other days, plus related seed-themed events) across the country.
Who Can Host a Seedy Saturday?
Anyone and everyone! Seedy Saturdays have been hosted by individuals, volunteer committees, established public sites, churches, gardening groups, non-profit organizations, farmers, and others. Seeds of Diversity does not organize or host individual events, but helps with event promotions and supports local organizers in a variety of ways:
1) Our Seedy Saturday Handbook for planning and executing an event.
2) Email email@example.com with details of your event, and we will post it on our Events Page. Why do this? Our page is the only reliable up-to-date national source for organizers, attendees and exhibitors.
3) Virtual organizer planning sessions - we host a number of Zoom sessions each year for organizers to "get together" (virtually!) and chat about challenges, solutions, innovations, and resources.
4) Seed packets! We will send events 20-30 packets of seeds to add to their Seed Exchange table.
5) Virtual presentations on food and gardening issues - our Seedy Saturday Speaker Series. We create a handful of new videos each year that organizers are welcome to use as part of their own event's programming.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to join our email list to gain access to all of the above supports.
Do You Need Volunteers for Seedy Saturdays?
Yes, we do! Our volunteers represent Seeds of Diversity at their local events, ensuring that we are able to have a presence at many of the 170+ events that occur across the country. This is important to us as we know that visitors to Seedy Saturday events are particularly interested in what we do.
Our volunteers are responsible for staffing a Seeds of Diversity table, offering information to visitors about who we are, what we do, and where to go for more information.
Note: Many events are also in need of volunteers for things like setup, running the Seed Exchange table, and collecting donations. We do not coordinate this; please reach out to the organizer(s) of your local event if interested in volunteering in this way.