At swap, gardeners give and get seedlings, tips and support
On a sunny Saturday morning earlier this month, a group of gardening enthusiasts gathered in a corner of the Pearlridge farmers market to swap seedlings and advice, and gab about their gardens.
This was the second Being808 seedling swap meet for some, and the very first time for others. But after a few minutes, everyone was chatting like they were old friends. And before long, little potted seedlings of Japanese cucumber, chili pepper, okra and more were moving from hand to grateful hand.
So what brought these people together?
It all started with Being808’s Facebook group, “808 Green Thumbs,” which was launched to bring gardeners of all skill levels together to share tips, ideas and support. The group has been steadily growing and is well on its way to 100 members.
Shortly after its launch, the 808 Green Thumbs group Facebook page was filled with posts – photos of flowers, veggies, fruit, and the occasional slug, pleas for advice and words of support, laughter, and photos of salads, stir-fries, and other dishes made with herbs and veggies from each triumphant gardener’s backyard.
The idea for the seedling swap started “organically” one day during an online conversation in the group. Someone wrote wistfully, “Wouldn’t it be neat if we could all meet in person and trade seedlings?” So the being808 staff leaped into action and planned the event.
Here at being808, we’re proud to be promoting urban gardening — and supporting our urban gardeners. With the second seedling swap behind us, we’re already planning the next one. In the meantime, we’ll be gardening — and we hope you will be too.