Saturday 6 February saw the annual Alton Local Food Initiative (ALFI) Seedy Saturday (seed swap) at the Methodist Church Hall. We had many trays full of packets of vegetable, herb and flower seeds for swapping or for taking away for a donation. We offered coffee, tea and biscuits, which gave to opportunity for people to sit and chat after discussing and deciding which seeds to grow this year.
Thank you to our regulars, who come to our Seedy Saturday each year, and who also often follow up by bringing any excess seedlings to our annual Seedling Swap, which is 7 May this year, as part of the craft market in Cross and Pillory.
We had a very good turnout again this year and we made a healthy profit, thanks to the generosity of the donations for seeds from those who didn’t want to take the option of swapping. We use our funds for maintaining plots and planters and the orchard. We have just taken on gardening a new planter outside the library. The sign is already there and it will gradually become a herb planter.