It’s Saturday evening and I’m just waiting for the morning’s bread to finish baking having had a busy afternoon moving the sheep to fresh pasture. I fancy a bath to ease my aching muscles but I’m still buzzing from the morning. Why might that be, you ask? Well, TTH put on it’s first seed swap and giveaway this morning, code named “Seedy Saturday”, in the Mackarness Hall in Honiton and it was SUPERB!

Visitors to Seedy Saturday

We gave ourselves a very tight schedule to get everything done for the event, having only come up with the idea a few weeks ago. Publicity, logistics, raffle prize donations and the all important seeds were attended to as members of the steering group ran about squirrel-esque getting everything ready for the big day.

With a great turn out and genuinely interested visitors, the day couldn’t have gone better.  Add to that the fact that there were so many positive comments left on the contact forms:

You are doing well
It’s great
Keep up the good work! – do a clothes exchange
Wonderful idea
Thank you for a pleasant morning and lots of goodies!
Thank you

TTH also has more people on the mailing list as a result of this morning’s event so TTH can better represent the local community.  More people means more skill, more drive, more passion, more ideas, more hands-on action, more wisdom, more energy.  If YOU’D like to be on the mailing list, would like to see TTH addressing something in particular or feel you’d like to be a member of the steering group, why not drop us a line using our contact form?

The event was also very lucky to have two knowledgeable groups of growers in attendance, namely the Allotment Association and the Gardening Club.  Their expertise in growing seemed to be a valuable resource and people came to get advice and chat with both groups.

Honiton Allotment Association

Honiton Allotment Association at Seedy Satuday

Towards the end of the event, Seedy Saturday also had an unexpected visitor in the form of River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who popped in after seeing the signs outside.


TTH and Seedy Saturday volunteers with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

TTH and Seedy Saturday volunteers with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Just before the close of play, the raffle was drawn and the fruit trees, bushes and all those goodies were passed to their smiling new owners.  Transition Town Honiton would like to say a huge thank you to all the visitors who bought refreshments, raffle tickets or left a donation to help pay for the venue and expenses.  Also, a big thanks to all the stall holders for adding variety and taking time to attend.  Finally, to all the growers, seasoned and new, without whom there would have been little point to today’s event.

Plants for sale at Seedy Saturday

Plants for sale at Seedy Saturday

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