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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dayna's Proper Seed collecting etiquette~ This is how I do it.

Dayna's Proper Seed collecting etiquette~ This is how I do it.

1- Knock on the home owners door, or try to contact them before collecting seed from their yard, field etc. if that doesn't work then think about the plant and how much seed it produces to make sure you won't be stealing from the person, as in they may be needing or wanting the seed you will be taking.
2- As in the case of Hollyhock's who produce mass amts of seed that will just blow away in the wind, most likely you are fine to just help yourself, if you are unable to to contact the home owner first, but only take some, not even close to all or even half, that is wrong.
3-Leave a note on their door telling them what you have to offer in exchange for collecting their seeds and tell them you did collect some and say thank you.
4- I generally will not go up into someone's yard without permission, only collect what is along the sidewalks before asking permission.
5-This is a great way to meet new gardening exchange pals.
6- I Can not stress enuf how important it is to NOT go up into someone's yard and collect without permission, NEVER DO IT! Leave a note with your number asking, and wait to here from them. The same goes with produce that you can clearly see that is dropping or being wasted, but ALWAYS be kind!
7- Produce dropping on the sidewalk is open for the taking, but I still like to talk to the owners first, most will say yes, because you are actually doing them a favor by picking fruit that is going to waste, same with seed.
8- It is always a good idea to offer them something in exchange for seeds or produce, such as seeds and produce. 
This is my way of seed and produce collecting. Trade & barter. It works well, helps us all, and is just plain good for our communities.

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