Meet legendary and everyday seed savers at our annual Old Timey Seed Swap. Come share your seeds, your knowledge and your enthusiasm. Bring any seeds you have to share, whether you’ve saved them yourself or have varieties left over from this year’s garden. This is an informal, relaxed event. Seed savers of all levels are welcome.
Rodger Winn is a certified organic grower who produces heirloom varieties of seed for various seed companies and for preservation. He also runs a seasonal greenhouse business selling vegetable, herb, and flower plants in central South Carolina. When not at his day job, Rodger actively promotes sustainable agriculture by giving seminars and tours to garden clubs about the need to conserve and preserve our resources and environment rodgersheirlooms.com
Specialty Gardener at Monticello
Pat Brodowski, specialty gardener at Monticello, plants and maintains the plantation’s 2-acre kitchen garden comprised of heirloom vegetables and herbs. She researches and grows varieties most likely grown by Thomas Jefferson, and produces seeds for The Shop at Monticello. She received a bachelor’s in agriculture from Cornell University and was an educator and historian at a 19th century farm museum for eight years. She recently researched the history of Jefferson’s herbs and salad greens for her master’s degree.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Ira Wallace is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (www.SouthernExposure.com ), which offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. She is a member of Acorn Community, which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia. Ira is an organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello (www.HeritageHarvestFestival.com), a fun, family-friendly event featuring an old-time seed swap, local food, hands-on workshops and demos, and more. She also writes about heirloom vegetables and seed saving for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, Fine Gardening and Southern Exposure. Her book, “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast,” is available online and at booksellers everywhere.