Seed Exchange & Gardener Social

Several groups came together to host the March into Spring – Seed Exchange and Gardener Social today at Sherbondy’s Garden Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa today, March 24, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“Seed swaps having been going on for thousands of years. Folks coming together at markets, town squares, in huts and halls to share seeds and stories,” said Turner Morgan, event organizer. “They offer the opportunity to spread knowledge, introduce planting to a new generation, and develop a more diverse and resilient local food supply.”

Various groups that were involved in the event:

The 712 Initiative – The driver of this event, The 712 Initiative mission is aimed at improving the economic vitality in redevelopment areas through investments in built environment, activating public spaces and delivering programs that increase social engagement and healthy lifestyles. Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

West Pott. Master Gardeners – Local Master Gardeners manned a “ask a pro” station for event attendees. They also promoted their upcoming Spring Plant Sale on May 11, 2019 which will be held at the Iowa School for the Deaf parking garages from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. There is normally a large selection of various types of annuals, vegetables and gardening tools/accessories available to purchase. Find the event on Facebook here. Additionally, applications are now open to become a Master Gardener this fall. Learn more here.

Iowa Prairie Network – Representatives handed out native seeds at their table. Their mission is to learn about, teach about, enjoy, and protect Iowa’s prairie heritage. Learn more on their Facebook page.

Milkweed Matters – Two volunteers from Milkweed Matters helped attendees make seed balls for distribution across Iowa. Learn more on their website.

Loess Hills Landscaping – Bradley Trede was on hand answering questions about lawn care, weed control, fertilizer and pest control. Follow him on Facebook here.

Southpaw Bluegrass Band – Live music was provided by the Southpaw Bluegrass Band, learn more about their band on their Facebook page.

City Sprouts – They envision a community that is empowered to sustainably grow, eat, provide, and promote healthy, local foods. Learn more on their Facebook page.

Sherbondy’s Garden Center – Sherbondy’s is a locally-owned and operated garden center located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Learn more about them by visiting their website.

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Master Gardener, Jane Kirchner, helping to pot up snapdragons.


Local bee expert, Eric Moen, giving attendees a chance to try fresh honey and see how the honey forms inside the hive.


Volunteer helping attendees make bird seed ornaments.


The “ask a pro” station featuring local Master Gardeners along with Bradley Trade from Loess Hills Landscaping with resources on lawn care and maintenance.


Making seedballs with Milkweed Matters.


Live music from the Southpaw Bluegrass Band.


Sherbondy’s owner, Kip Sherbondy, working at the cash register.


Picking out free seeds to take home.


It was a great day! For more events like this, follow The 712 Initiative on Facebook.

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