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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Bee Lover Butterflies Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Weedwhacker
Oct 9, 2015 6:56 PM CST
DogsNDaylilies said:Sandy, if you've had experience with seed exchanges gone wrong, could you TreeMail me (or post here without using names, etc.)? I'm hoping to build in safeguards to make the seed exchange here on ATP as fool-proof as possible.


Fortunately, I've had no bad experiences; but then, I've only participated in one major exchange, Ella's Piggy Swap (on Cubits.org) last year.

There are just a lot of things to think about, though... what to do about a member that complains they didn't get everything they were supposed to get, or didn't get enough of a certain kind of seeds, or the seeds they got turned out to not grow into the expected plants? Or if someone doesn't send enough $$ for the postage to send their seeds to them? Or when packages go astray in the mail?

I'm not trying to discourage you -- but this could be a complicated undertaking, in my mind.

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer /
C/F temp conversion
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I helped beta test the first seed swap
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 9, 2015 7:03 PM CST
No worries, it doesn't discourage me. Big Grin There are always things that could go 'wrong'...but knowing what to do if something goes 'wrong' and being prepared is what will make it successful. I appreciate your trying to figure out what hiccups there might be. Please keep the thoughts coming because even discussing pitfalls helps in the preparation and success of handling those pitfalls. Thumbs up
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
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RickCorey
Oct 12, 2015 12:42 PM CST
Even swaps where "something went wrong" or where there were a few complainers are usually hugely appreciated by most or all of the participants ... even the complainers.

And ATP is far above-average for people being considerate, sensible and sensitive.

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