Annual Floyd County Seed Swap

Date(s) – Mar 06 2021
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is pleased to host the 8th Annual Floyd County Seed Swap on the museum campus from 12pm-2pm on Saturday, March 6th.

The Seed Swap is an informal event co-sponsored by the museum along with the Berry College Department of Environmental Science and Studies, Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful, Davies Homeless Shelters, the Rome Federated Garden Clubs, and Floyd County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. The purpose of the Seed Swap is to encourage the production and protection of heirloom seeds and plant varieties that are at risk of being lost in order to provide a sustainable and diverse landscape in our community. Seed saving was particularly important to Cherokees like Major Ridge in order to sustain his family through the winter months and provide crops for the spring and summer.

This year’s program will follow a different format and be exclusively outdoors in the Major Ridge Demonstration Garden on the Chieftains Museum campus. Participants will be taken through the garden by a guide in groups of 10 starting at 12pm.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own open-pollinated/heirloom seeds or other gardening-related items like implements, seed packets, or scionwood to share/trade with other guests. Dr. Brian Campbell, Chair of the Berry College Department of Environmental Science and Studies, will be on-hand to answer questions and discuss seed saving for those who attend.  Participants should expect to receive a number and wait to be guided through the seed swap event with their group. Chieftains Museum will be open for free tours for those who are waiting to attend the seed swap. The Annual Floyd County Seed Swap is a free event open to the public. This event is weather-dependent and will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.

For more information on the Seed Swap/Free Day and other upcoming events, contact the museum at (706) 291-9494