The Seed Swap stall and other stalls

By Lindy Sharpe

You will need at least one main stall or table, which is where the seed swapping happens. You will also need a table at the door, so someone can collect entry fees. This stall could provide information about seed-swapping and your group -a good way to recruit seed collectors for next year. You may also want to have some other stalls - they add to the pleasure and usefulness to the day, and you can charge stallholders a fee, so it helps to cover your costs. Find out whether stalls/tables are available from the venue, or whether you have to hire them separately. Some stallholders may want to bring their own, so check this is OK with the venue.

The Seed Swap stall should be:

  • Conspicuous. It should look and feel like the main attraction. Put it in the middle of the room or at one end. Make big, clear signs, so that visitors can find it easily.
  • Orderly. There will be a lot of people crowding round, sifting through packets of seeds, so make it easy for them to browse without blocking each other or mixing everything up. Sort the seeds by type of vegetable and put these smaller collections into containers, such as shoe boxes, clearly labeled. Visitors can then browse through a box at a time.
  • Helpful. Aim to have at least one person who knows about the seeds (what the varieties are like, how to grow them, etc) looking after the stall at all times. One of the great pleasures of Seed Swaps is that they are mines of local knowledge and provide visitors and seed swappers with an opportunity to meet other local growers. People choosing seeds will appreciate being able to ask for first-hand advice about them.
  • Other stalls

    Aim for a good mix of stalls that sell things, give out information and provide practical demonstrations. Decide how many stalls can fit in the venue, then contact local organizations to ask whether they want to run a stall. Stick to things that are likely to interest seed swappers, such as:

    • Book stalls
    • Plant stalls
    • Craft stalls
    • Seed doctors (giving advice on how to grow from and collect seed)
    • Tool sharpening demonstrations
    • Seed-growing demonstrations (sowing, thinning out, etc)
    • Children's activities (growing seeds on cotton wool or in bottles, or making things with seeds)
    • Information about community food, gardening or composting projects
    • Information on local horticultural courses
    • Information on local environmental groups
    • Information about local allotment groups
    This page was added on 25/01/2008.
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