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Oasis Garden: Seed Exchange & Herbalism Workshop

  • Ambrosia Elixirs 109 Troutman Street Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States (map)

We invite you to come together and learn with people who is passionate about nature! 

Swapping seeds with friends and other gardeners in your neighborhood is a great way to increase the variety of what you grow, as well as a good opportunity to exchange gardening tips.

Ambrosia Elixirs desires to reawaken a culture and community who values the natural rhythms of life, herbals remedies, and a “back to the basics” ideology of learning from the Earth and one another. 

Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts.

Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts. Pharmacognosy is the study of medicines derived from natural sources.

Ambrosia wants to provide an opportunity for people to develop new relationships with plants and to try different types of herbal tonics and beverages that can enhance one's physiology and help people to connect more deeply with themselves and others. 

Why organize a seed exchange?

::Save money. When you buy a packet of seeds there are always more than you need, but if you exchange these with other people, for different seeds, you get twice the range of seeds from your original investment.

::Grow new plants. You’ll pick up ideas to grow new plants and vegetables which you might not have thought of before.

::Get growing tips. It’s not just about exchanging seeds but about meeting other growers in the community and swapping ideas and advice on how to look after those plants, or even how to cook them.

Tips on organizing the seed exchange

::Have gardening advice to hand. It’s useful to have someone there who knows a bit about growing. Or, you can simply gather as many gardening books as you can and spread them out on a table. That way, you can all gather round with a cuppa and look through the books yourselves

::Label your seeds. If you want the event to be fairly informal, simply place all seeds on a table with labels available to write on. Luggage tags are fun and cheap for this. At this sort of seed exchange people don’t need to bring seeds to be allowed to take some away. Or you may choose to give people a token in exchange for each different type of seeds they bring along. These are then their ‘currency’ for the seed exchange, ensuring a fair swap for all.

::Donate leftover seeds. There are often plenty of seeds left over at the end of the exchange. Local schools or youth groups are only too pleased to be offered these as donations.


Earlier Event: December 12