Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bartering for Survival - Seed Swapping

Being frugal is a part of being a prepper and you should always try to get the most value for your money. When money is tight, bartering can help you enhance and maximize your resources without higher costs if done in the right manner. One of the best and most inexpensive ways to enhance your prepping efforts is by seed swapping. For little more than the price of an envelope and some postage you can add additional variety to your seed stocks while reducing excess seed inventory on hand or swapping seed varieties you aren’t using for others that you may not have or that can be more useful to you.

How do you swap seeds successfully? It’s easier than you may think!

First, check with family and friends to see which types and varieties of seeds they have available and wish to swap. Make sure to specify what types and varieties you are willing to trade for when doing a seed swap.

Second, check your local farmer’s market. Many farmers are quite proud of their produce and may have seed stocks they are willing to swap. You only need to ask!

Third, the National Gardening Institute has a seed swap website available where you can list seeds you wish to swap. You can also view seeds others want to swap. This is a free forum that allows you to post your seed swaps for 30 days at no charge. This is a great way to get into seed swapping, especially if you are an urban prepper and may not have a farmer’s market in your area. Here is the link to their seed swapping forum:

The great thing about seeds is that you can grow a lot of food at a very low cost. It takes a little time and effort to raise a garden but with practice can yield exceptional benefits for you and your family. For little more than the price of an envelope and postage you can enhance your seed inventory stocks.

Survival Seeds anyone?

Staying above the water line!



PrepperMom said...

I didnt know bout the swapping site. Thank you for sharing. i appreciate it :)

Chief Instructor said...

Fantastic! I, too, had never heard of the seed swapping site. I trade regularly with a small group of friends, but I'll have to take a look and see what the site has to offer.

riverwalker said...

To: PrepperMom

It's a fairly new service that is being offered and figured it may be of value.



riverwalker said...

To: Chief Instructor

It's in the start up phase but should get better.

Thanks Chief!


Anonymous said...

Even without the swapping stuff,which sound's good..Use your dehydrator to dry out the seed's from the grocery store food. Ok,sure,it may not be heritage or whatever,but better than being tossed into the compost!
Dean in az

riverwalker said...

To: Dean

Great tip Dean! Somehow I knew you were going to mention dehydrator. LOL

Thanks Dean!


Bizx said...

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