Dozens turn out for first seed swap

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EDGEWOOD PARK — More than 40 people turned out for the first Grow Vancouver seed swap sponsored by Urban Abundance. Some brought boxes of seeds to share, and Urban Abundance gave away a portion of its 250 pounds of donated seeds, so nobody went home empty-handed.

During the event, five urban agricultural projects were presented: an Urban Farmers Co-op, the Growing Groceries program, the Home Grown Gardens program, the Salmon Creek Community Garden, and the Healthy Lifestyle Handbook youth project. Presenters had a minute to speak about their project and then opened it up for community discussion.

The wide variety of seeds available from Urban Abundance includes lettuce, peas, carrots, beets, and other early springs vegetables, flowers and herbs. A second seed swap will be March 15 at Harney Elementary, 3212 E. Evergreen Blvd.