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We are so excited to invite you to our awesome seed swap event where you will meet other like-minded gardeners and get to try out new vegetables, fruits and herbs varieties!

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HOW IT WORKS

Everyone will mail in their seeds. Someone at Nurture Growth will sort through all the submitted seeds and do their best to sort them to fit everyone’s wish list. Everyone will be sent back the seeds.

Seed Swap Dates:  October 1 to 31, 2021

Seeds Returned by Mail: December 1, 2021

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RULES & GUIDELINES

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Permitted

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Not Permitted

  • Vegetables, fruits and herbs

  • Named varieties only please

  • Commercial hybrid seeds

  • hybrid seed from your garden because it will not come true-to-type

  • Rhizomes, bulbs, and tubers (potatoes, ginger, turmeric, garlic. Spring bulbs)

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NUMBER OF SEEDS

With large seeds like those of peas and beans, you can include as few as 10-15 seeds per packet.

For smaller seeds (tomato and dill), please include at least 20 seeds per packet. These aren’t set rules, so if you can’t send in that much, don’t worry. Please just try to be fair to others who might receive your seeds.

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PACKAGE LABEL

Please label the seed packets you send in with the variety name (i.e. Brandywine), plant type (i.e. tomato), source if commercial (i.e. Johnny’s Selected Seeds), and year saved/bought (i.e. 2021). Seeds can be packaged in any way that will keep them contained (i.e. coin envelope, plastic baggie, origami envelope)

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GERMINATION

Remember that the germination rates of all seeds decline every year. And the rate is different for different types. Lettuce seeds aren’t very long-lived (2-3 years of good germination), whereas tomato seeds often germinate well more than 6 years later. So please don’t send in very old seed, and if you’re unsure how old is too old, just do a quick google search.

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MAILING

Open to anyone residing in Canada. No U.S. residents because of customs regulations

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Letter Mail

Seeds MUST be sent as letter mail... no shipped packages permitted! Send seeds in a bubble/padded envelope to prevent seeds from being crushed. Adding your own padding like bubble wrap or newspaper for protection also works.

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Return

Include return postage and a label with your address for when the seeds are returned.

Reside in Canada

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SEED SWAP

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  • Standard Letter mail must be no more than 245 mm x 156 mm x 0.18 mm (9.6 inches x 6.1 inches x 0.007 inches)

  • Other (Non-standard and Oversize) Letter mail must be no more than 380 mm x 270 mm (14.9 inches x 10.6 inches)

Envelope Dimensions

< 245 mm x 156 mm x 0.18 mm

< 380 mm x 270 mm

Weight

0-30g

$1.07 / Stamp

$1.94

30g-50g

$1.30

$1.94

<100g

N/A

$1.94

  • Even if your letter mail is in the  0—30g category when you send it, it will possibly be heavier when returned because some seeds (like peas and beans) are heavier. Therefore, please include enough return postage for the over 30g—50g category. If your seeds fit into the <100g category, please send that much return postage.

  • Any postage not used for return will be sent back.

  • Please consult the Canada Post website to calculate postage rates.

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JOIN THE EVENT