The community seed exchange is located outside the old Manassas Park City Library in Blooms Park. It is open and free for the entire community. Anyone can get free vegetable, fruit & herb seeds! Just don’t forget – after you’ve grown your own save some seeds to exchange with your neighbors!
- Don’t take more than you need
- Sharing is caring, Donate seeds back (if you can)
- Please package and label any donated seeds, no one likes gambling on which loose seeds are which!
March 13, 2021 - Getting Started
We will look over an introduction to gardening video provided by the VCE Prince William Master Gardeners that’ll go over where to start the perfect garden, how you take care of it, and how you get it and your seeds ready for gardening.
March 27, 2021 - Gardening Principles
We look through the basic know-how of gardening and pruning as well as touch base on some lessons learned from the Getting Started Workshop by a video provided by the VCE Prince William Master Gardeners.
April 10, 2021 - Containers for Gardening & Seed Starting
We will go over the different types of containers you can use for gardening and how to properly prepare your seeds for growing.
April 24, 2021 - Container Gardening
We will go over all the different plants you can grow in a garden and what’s the best area in your apartment/house to grow your plants.
May 8, 2021 - Buddy Plants
We will talk about what kind of plants go well together and what wont, as well as some reasons why certain plants do and don’t go well together.
May 22, 2021 - Pest Management
We will look at a garden pest management video provided by the VCE Prince William Master Gardeners that talks about the different ways to identify pest and how to get rid of them without using harmful pesticides.
June 5, 2021 - Hydroponics for the Hobby Grower
We look over the Hydroponic gardening basics with a video by VCE Prince William Master Gardeners.
June 19, 2021 - From Scraps to New Veggies
This will be an informational video rather than a workshop. The library will be closed in observance of Juneteenth. The video will be posted on June 20th.
We will discuss and show examples of different vegetables you can grow from scraps you would normally throw out.
July 3, 2021 - Peppers
We will talk about the different types of peppers and go over some ways they can come out looking wrong with videos provided by the VCE Prince William Master Gardeners.
July 17, 2021 - Small Fruits for the Home Garden
We will look at different fruits (both native to Virginia and not) that you can grow in your own garden with a video provided by the VCE Prince William Master Gardeners.
July 31, 2021 - Hydroponics II
August 14, 2021 - Fall Vegetable Gardening
We look into the different foods you can grow and different techniques you can use for the Fall gardening season with a video provided by the VCE Prince William Master Gardeners.
August 21, 2021 - Seed Saving
We will look at a Seed saving video provided by the VCE Prince William Master Gardeners and talk about how to give the seeds back to your community.
For an easy seed-saving reference, check out this handy guide: Seed Saving Handout Guide
September 11, 2021 - Cover Crops
We look into the basics of crops used to cover up gardens during the winter and get the gardens ready for the next growing season with a video provided by the VCE Prince William Master Gardeners.
“I want this project to provide easier and cheaper access for people to low cost healthy food and a way to start their own garden. I hope that this will eventually turn into a commonly used supermarket alternative that’ll get the community to come together and share all their different diverse seeds.” – Casey Hummeldorf
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