Seed Swap to be held Oct. 5 at Oakley Farm

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Michael Best, a professor of agricultural economics and director of the Sustainable Mountain Ag Center, shows some of the seeds that will be available at the annual seed swap on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Tennessee Tech’s Oakley Farm will be the site for the annual seed swap on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Several hundred people from as far away as Michigan are expected to gather at Oakley Farm to buy, sell, share, and swap corn, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, and cantaloupe seeds.

“We normally have several hundred people attend each year and have had people come from all over this part of the country,” said Michael Best, a professor of agricultural economics and director of the Sustainable Mountain Ag Center. “We have seed vendors set up who sell and trade seeds from several companies and farms.”

More than 140 different kinds of seeds from the 1,500-acre Oakley Farm will be available. This is the second year Oakley Farm will be the site of the annual seed swap, which had been held for 10 years in Berea, KY.

“There’s a lot of interest from the people who came last year. They are coming back this year,” said Best. “We have a lot going on at the Oakley Farm. We have hydroponic tomatoes and cucumbers growing, and all kinds of green beans in both the greenhouse and outdoors.”

The seed swap will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until approximately 4 p.m. Oakley Farm is located at 295 Deck Cove Lane, Livingston.