National Seed Swap Day for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Saturday, January 28th. There are until the next observance.

To honor the great American custom of trading seeds with neighbors, National Seed Swap Day is observed on the final Saturday in January, which is January 28 this year. The last week of January heralds the end of winter and the arrival of spring, a season of cherry blossoms, outdoor lunches, and new plantations. Communities assemble to plan for the following year’s harvest as plants and trees drop their final abundance. On National Seed Swap Day, celebrate the start of a new season by exchanging seeds and spreading warmth across your community.

📆 When is National Seed Swap Day?

This year, National Seed Swap Day is on January 28th. It is the 4th Saturday in January; in 2024, it is on Sunday.

Countdown to National Seed Swap Day

Did you know: Every year, Americans spend more than $52 billion on gardening and lawn care.

You can also explore all fascinating things you didn’t know about and facts about January 28, 2023.

📜 History of National Seed Swap Day

Kathy Jentz, editor of “Washington Gardener Magazine,” founded National Seed Swap Day on January 26, 2006, by organizing the first seed-swapping event in Washington, D.C. The event’s popularity prompted other states to participate, and the last Saturday of January was formally designated as National Seed Swap Day in the weeks that followed. However, this practice predates 2006.

Seed bartering dates back a thousand years. Traders took seeds with them as they journeyed around the world, and they made friends with outsiders by swapping priceless things. European and Dutch settlers introduced some of the most popular cereals, fruits, and vegetables to the United States.

Swapping seeds is critical to our biodiversity and it promotes gardening. Since the 2000s, as individuals became more interested in organic eating and ethical harvesting, there has been a surge in interest in home gardens and urban farming. In America, more than half of metropolitan households and suburbanites have a garden and spend billions of dollars on gardening.

Share your love of gardening with the globe during National Seed Swap Day, and offer your gardens the hope of a fresh tomorrow.

☑️ National Seed Swap Day facts

It’s in every second house now
Almost half of all homes in the United States have a home garden, and 35% of Americans grow food at home.

It’s good for your brain
Gardening on a regular basis reduces the risk of dementia by 36%.

Thanks, Michelle Obama
Let’s Move, the former First Lady’s campaign, was instrumental in reviving family gardening in America.

Things to do on National Seed Swap Day

Organize a seed swap event
It seems obvious; it sounds simple. It isn’t, in fact. It’s tough to collect unusual and lesser-known seeds and locate the correct trade for them, but we still want you to try. Remember to include the entire community in this event.

Mail seeds to distant relatives
The goal of seed exchanging is to promote biodiversity throughout the United States. Choose popular plants and trees in your neighborhood and send them to relatives on the opposite side of the nation.

Take a gardening class
If you’ve never tried gardening before and want to learn the fundamentals of garden care, January is a perfect time to get started. Sign up for a gardening workshop on National Seed Swap Day. We guarantee you won’t be sorry.

📅 National Seed Swap Day Observances

YEAR DATE DAY
2024 January 28 Sunday
2025 January 28 Tuesday
2026 January 28 Wednesday
2027 January 28 Thursday
2028 January 28 Friday

Explore all January holidays, including Special Interest and other Activities holidays.

We will continue to update this page with new information and fun facts about National Seed Swap Day. So be sure to check back soon.