Buffalo Trace Seed Swap

Article by Carrie Taylor

 From heirloom tomatoes to towering sunflowers, germinating seeds will soon provide an abundance of plant life in our gardens.  Some people have never planted seeds, and others passionately harvest and save them. We may collect seeds to share or, to carry on the plant’s legacy from year to year. Help us celebrate this planting season with our plant exchange!

 The newly-organized Buffalo Trace Seed Swap offers a place for both beginners and avid gardeners to meet, learn and exchange seeds.  The partnership between Maysville Community and Technical College, Mason County Cooperative Extension Office and the Mason County Master Gardeners Association is creating a platform for regional agriculture and horticulture experts to offer this fruitful event. 

 “We wanted to bring the community together to learn more about seed saving and talk with others who share that love,” said Macy Fawns, horticulture agent.   The event takes place on March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Maysville Community and Technical College.  The entrance fee is $3 at the door, which includes a ticket for a free pack of commercial seeds.  Pre-register by calling 606-759-7141 ext. 66120, the event is free and attendees will receive a ticket for a free package of commercial seeds. It’s $3 at the door.  

 Carrie Taylor, Adult Agriculture and Horticulture Coordinator at MCTC identifies the educational layers of this event. “We will offer three educational sessions which focus on: collecting or harvesting seeds, techniques on how to store them, how to germinate seed indoors, and how to start your own seed library (your garden’s history).” There is no cost, and pre-registration is not required to attend these sessions.  Each person who attends will also receive a ticket, good for a free pack of commercial seeds.

 For gardeners bringing seed to swap, area experts are ready to help you with tips on participating in the Swap and we can help by providing packaging and labeling to help you identify your seed. A plethora of tables will allow you to exchange categories of vegetables, herbs, annuals and perennials, perhaps the beginnings of your own seed library? This event is multi-faceted so participants can learn and have fun. Chat with other seed enthusiasts. growers, and talk to professional vendors. We’ll also provide refreshments and door-prizes!

 Questions? Please contact: Carrie Taylor: 606 759-7141ext. 66232 or Macy Fawns: 606 564-6808