National Seed Swap Day is celebrated on the last Saturday of January. In 2023, it falls on the 28th. At this time, the cold winter winds calm down. It is believed that it marks the imminent arrival of spring and warmth. The time is associated with the flowering of nature, revival and the appearance of greenery.
Nature provides man with all the necessary products for subsistence. The holiday was created to once again remind people of values that are often overlooked. In the United States of America, there is an old tradition of exchanging seeds with neighbors and sharing your love with them.
The idea of creating a holiday came up with the editor of the Washington Gardener Magazine, K. Jentz. In the last week of January, she put together the first major seed exchange event. The event took place in Washington in 2006. Quite quickly, the news spread to other states, inspiring local residents.
The exchange of seeds was carried out in ancient times. Merchants traveled all over the world, met foreigners, shared their own cultures, and brought home “gifts” from other countries. Thus, European plants came to America.
- In total, the inhabitants of the United States of America spend about fifty billion dollars each year on gardening. Almost 50% of survey participants have a personal plot, a part of this number is engaged in their own growing of food.
- Almost all people who are passionate about gardening do not do it for pleasure. They want to get environmentally friendly and cheap products.
- There are thirteen thousand species of plants that are on the verge of extinction.
How to celebrate
Just like in ancient times, you can try to organize an exchange of seeds. We will have to put together a large event and invite as many representatives of different cultures as possible. Some prefer to send seeds by mail. Not all relatives live nearby, they will be pleased to receive an unexpected gift. On this day, it is best to eat only fresh vegetables, preparing various dishes from them.
When is National Seed Swap Day celebrated in 2023?
National Seed Swap Day is observed on the last Saturday in January each year.