An Indiana University
of Pennsylvania student organization is looking for seeds and stories.
The Strategies for
Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) Club of IUP, a
student-organized group, will host the fourth annual Community Seed Swap on October
28 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The event, free and
open to the community, will be held in the HUB Ohio Room.
The event is part of
a larger project to add to the Northern Appalachian Seed Bank. Persons
attending are encouraged to bring seeds and stories about the seeds. All seeds
will be provided free. The students have been collecting native wildflower
seeds regularly all summer to donate, so less-common wildflower species will be
available. Some herb and vegetable seeds will be available.
From 1:30-2:30 p.m.,
Cindy Rogers, president of the Evergreen Conservancy, will present “Natives Versus
Invasive Plants, are the Aliens Taking Over?” The presentation will discuss the benefits of
gardening with native plants and the importance of maintaining native species
in landscaping (seed swaps are a great way to acquire new wildflower seeds and heirloom
Persons wishing to
share seeds are asked to provide the following information about each type of
seed: common name, year of harvest, growth habit (height of mature plant), and
stories that go along with the seeds. Seeds can be brought in a bulk package.
modified organism (GMO) or hybrid seeds should be brought for exchange.
Tables will be set up
with seeds divided by vegetable, fruit or plant; volunteers will be stationed
at each table to oversee the labeling of donated seeds, the distribution of
seeds, and answer questions.
The event is
family-friendly. After the speaker,
students will lead a special children’s area complete with seed bombs (seeds
bundled by kids), story time, pumpkin painting, home-made dipping dots ice
cream, and other garden craft projects. The children’s activities are also
free, assistance has been generously provided by the Ecological Society of
America, the professional society of Ecologists that sponsors campus SEEDS
The Seed Swap is made possible by
the support of the Biology Department, the Chemistry Department, the College of
Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the student AXE club (Chemistry Fraternity), and
the student ECO Club (Environmentally Conscious Organization). The student organizers
of the Seed Swap are Rebekah Mikeasky, a biology major from Johnstown, and
Esbeiry Cordova-Ortiz,a biology/ecology major from Avondale. The student
president of the SEEDS club is Samantha Soto, a biology/ecology major from
The program was
started by Gretchen McCormick, a May 2015 ecology, conservation and
environmental biology graduate from Butler, the first president of the SEEDS
Club. The Seed Swap was funded by an IUP Emerging Student Leader Grant.
more information or to volunteer
at the event, persons should contact Ellen Yerger, Faculty Advisor for the
Biology Department SEEDS club, at firstname.lastname@example.org.