Free Seed and Plant exchange

Join us on Sunday, Feb 26 from 2-5 at Weavers Way Coop in Mt. Airy. Bring seeds to share or browse through our collection for your garden. Have questions? Send us an email: phillyseedexchange @ gmail . com


Happy New Years from Philly Seed Exchange!

It’s time to start planning your garden and seed saving projects. Spring is just around the corner. Start your cold weather seedlings indoors (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, spinach) in late January for outdoor planting in March.

Coming soon:
– New PSE Web Site
– “Who am I?” Plant Identification Game on Twitter
– The “Adopt-A-Plant” Program

Join us on March 24 at the Home Grown Institute conference.

Happy growing!

Free Lecture and Exchange: Dec 10

Space is still available for our upcoming event, Saturday Dec 10, at the Wister Education Center in Swarthmore, PA. We will begin the afternoon with a lecture about seed saving and plant breeding at 2pm followed by a seed and plant swap. No need to RSVP, just show up. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions:

See you there!


Looking ahead for PSE–we need your help!


Dear Seed Savers and Friends,


Thank you for your interest in seed saving and support. In our first year we are 100 members strong and recipient of a Best of Philly 2011 award.


In the past months it has become clear we need to upgrade our webpage to offer more seed saving and plant breeding information, photos, a discussion forum and calendar. In response PSE has purchased server space, a domain name, and is working with a designer to create a logo. Additionally, requests for more events, educational presentations and workshops are on the rise. Our growth is dependent upon members contributing their knowledge, seeds and experience to the organization.


Philadelphia’s population includes a wide variety of languages and cultures. As we build our webpage and write curriculum for classrooms we need your help in collecting and translating gardening advice, seed saving techniques and plant breeding procedures. Our goal is to provide information in as many languages possible. Furthermore, volunteers interested in assisting with website development are encouraged to contact us.


Look for an exchange at Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College on December 10 and join us at the Home Grown Institute’s conference in March 2012 for a chance to design your garden for seed saving.

Sincerely yours,


Mira Adornetto and Joel Fath

Upcoming Events

PSE will be at the Wister Education Center at Scott Arboretum on December 10, 2011 from 2 to 4 pm for a seed exchange and a talk on seed exchanging and plant breeding.  This is a free event, but space is limited so please RSVP to by December 3.

We will also be participating in the Homegrown Institute’s spring conference, Springing Good Intentions into Action, March 22-25, 2012.  More information is forthcoming, but mark your calendars now!

Free Raspberry Plants

Killarney Raspberry (Red, June-July bearing) and Anne  Raspberry (White, Primo Canes, Aug-Sept bearing) plants are available for pick up at our West Philly and Media locations. Please contact the PSE at phillyseedexchange (at) to arrange time and date to collect.

Seed Cleaning Workshop and Seed Exchange at Bartram’s Garden

Join Philly Seed Exchange at Bartram’s Garden to help in the annual seed harvest and cleaning led by staff gardener Nancy Wygant. We will be having a seed and plant exchange as well. Sunday, Sept 18, 1-4pm. Please RSVP to nwygant [at]