Sunday, February 23rd, 2020  11:00am – 4:00pm

6th Annual Seed Swap @
Chippewa Nature Center

400 S Badour Rd, Midland, Michigan



All Day!

Kids Activities

& Raffles!

Seed Vendors

& Artisans

Keynote Speaker

Vivien Sansour is the founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library. She works with farmers worldwide on agricultural issues, seed conservation, and cultural practices relating to crop diversity; this includes finding and reintroducing threatened crop varieties, and collecting stories to assert the ownership of seeds by communities and not companies. She feels most at home in the fields, where farmers plant their seeds and share their stories.

Vivien Sansour

The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library

2:30 PM

Heirloom seeds tell us stories, connect us to our ancestral roots and remind us of meals our families once made at special times of the year. The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library is an attempt to recover these ancient seeds and their stories and put them back into people’s hands.

The Seed Library is an interactive art and agriculture project that aims to provide a conversation for people to exchange seeds and knowledge, and to tell the stories of food and agriculture that may have been buried away and waiting to sprout like a seed. Vivien will discuss the work of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library, located in the village of Battir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palestine.


11:30 AM -12:15 PM

BOUNTIFUL GARDENS: Tips & Tricks for Small Space Gardening

Karen Golden,
Michigan Heirlooms

Want to grow your own ORGANIC VEGGIES but are short on space? Health challenges keep you from bending down and working in the dirt? Learn to maximize the space you have or how to ‘create’ space by growing in containers.

Karen Golden, Master Gardener, Certified Landscape Horticulturist and owner of Michigan Heirlooms, has 30 years of experience of growing fresh, healthy food. Her motto is, “I grow in every situation imaginable, so that I fail first – and you don’t have to.”

12:30 PM-2:00 PM

HOMEGROWN GRAINS: Growing & Processing

John Edgerton and
Scott Hucker

Learn about growing grains on a home garden scale. Our speakers will briefly walk us through their personal experience with growing these staples from selection, planting, cultivation, harvest and processing, rounding out the presentation with culinary uses. The primary focus will be hands-on training on threshing, winnowing and cleaning to prepare wheat, corn, sorghum, amaranth, and rice for use in your kitchen. Stations will be setup and the students will work their way through the processes.

John Edgerton of Harvest of Joy Farm in Shelbyville, Michigan has spent many years growing food and grains for home use.  Recently his efforts have focused on upland rice and amaranth.  Scott Hucker lives in Ortonville, Michigan with his family on their small homestead farm and grows for Great Lakes Staple Seeds



All Day

We have lots of fun things planned for the kids!  Midland Recyclers will be providing free sustainable crafts.  Families can explore the Chippewa Nature Center’s incredible Ecosystem Gallery, filled with hands-on exhibits about rivers, wetlands, fields and woodlands to get them up close to the exciting sights and sounds of nature.

Learn more about everything the Nature Center has to offer here:


Community Seed Table

Thanks to generous donations from some of our favorite seed companies, we are able to offer a great selection of seeds, FREE of charge to anyone who is in need or interested.

Buy, Sell or Trade

This is a buy, sell or trade event.. please plan to bring money and/or seeds for exchange. No seeds? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us!

Michigan’s Largest Seed Swap brought to you by :

Chippewa Nature Center
Little Forks