*Pre-Earth Day Seed Swap

Event detail
Add to my calendar

In collaboration with the USF Seed Library, San Francisco Public Library presents:

Pre-Earth Day Seed Swap

Join us in celebration of the earth, science, and community. Meet your neighbors. Swap seeds with local gardeners. Activate your garden. Donate seeds to your local seed library. Make a difference.

Main Library, 6th Floor Patio, April 15th, 2017, 11-5 PM

Guest Speakers

11:00 AM & 12:45 PM – Live Music from the Bean Hollow Duo, aka Knuckle Knockers. Hailing from the hayseed neighborhood of Bernal Heights in San Francisco, the Bean Hollow Duo stokes the fires of the Appalachian music tradition to give you a glimpse of the past through the eyes of the present, with voice, fiddles, mandolin, guitar and banjo.

12:00 PM – Emmanuel Gomez, Staff Gardener from SF Recreation and Parks Department, will share gardening tips for people who are blind or have visual impairments, and will also speak about the San Francisco Botanical Garden's Garden of Fragrance, Golden Gate Park’s own sensory garden, which boasts the most pleasant and unique smelling plants from around the world.

1:30 PM - Robert Reed, Recology spokesperson, will talk about San Francisco’s employee-owned recycling and compost collection company. San Francisco is an international leader in the urban collection of food scraps and plant cuttings for composting. Recology works closely with agronomists, farmers and environmentalists to show people around the world how sending food back to farms, in the form of compost, may present our best chance to do something about climate change. 

2:30 PM - Jamie Chan, Owner of Fog City Gardener, will show us how to save seeds from common vegetables and fruits, share seeds with friends, and ensure seeds grow true next season. We will also learn how to grow food from common produce scraps and how to grow food on your very own patio, backyard, or community garden.

3:30 PM - Liz Carlisle, Stanford lecturer and author of the book Lentil Underground, will tell the story of the sustainable agriculture movement on the northern Great Plains: how farmers banded together to do the science their universities wouldn’t, how old-fashioned “crowd funding” supported the state’s first organic lentil processing plant, and how one of the world’s oldest crops is helping Montana farmers regenerate their soils, fight climate change, and provide healthy food to local schools. 


11-4 PM - Seed swap! Bring seeds from your garden or get some to take home

11-4 PM - Make a newspaper pot and plant seeds for your garden

11-4 PM - Design your own artful seed packet with Maren Salomon

11-4 PM - View Soil Solutions video by Center for Food Safety

Sponsored by:

University of San Francisco, Gleeson Library and College of Arts and Sciences

The Friends of San Francisco Public Library

Seeds Generously Donated by:

High Mowing Organic Seeds

Chars. C. Hart Seed Co.

West Coast Seeds

Redwood Seeds

Seeds Savers Exchange

Renee’s Garden

Petaluma Seed Bank

Irish Eyes Garden Seeds

Soil Generously Donated by: Recology

Soil Solutions video by Center for Food Safety

This is a Green Stacks event sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Special programs in honor of Earth Day.

This is a Food, Health & Wellness program from SFPL. Try out new foods or a new healthy activity.

Upcoming Events

Biblio Bistro
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 11:00 am
Get in My Belly! Venezuelan Chicha (Sweet Rice Milk)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4:00 pm
Richmond, Richmond Teen's Area
Snack Trials: Latino/Hispanic Edition
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4:00 pm
Main Library, Mix: Maker - 2nd Fl

More related events

Upcoming Classes

Tai Chi at Noon
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 12:00 pm
Eureka Valley, Eureka Valley Patio
Cooking Together
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00 pm
Excelsior, Excelsior Meeting Room
Coffee/Tea Sugar Scrubs: create your own body scrub
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00 pm
Anza, Anza Meeting Room

More related classes

Current Exhibits

The Gravity of Today:
Through Sunday, October 21, 2018
Main Library, Jewett Gallery
Living Here: A Celebration of Bioregions
Through Thursday, November 29, 2018
Main Library, Environmental Center

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Take our survey