Seeds of exchange

Paul Massey has always had a deep love for plants.

It’s a love he wants to share at Kauai’s 15th bi-annual Community Seed and Plant Exchange.

“It’s really about putting the power into the hands of the growers to have the access to the plant variety they want to grow,” said the director of the Regenerations Botanical Garden.

People can meet and exchange seeds and plants at the Anaina Hou Community Park at 5-2723 Kuhio Highway in Kilauea from noon to 5 p.m. March 22.

“It’s a lot of fun, it’s really rewarding to be able to share seeds and plants that you’ve grown,” Massey said. “Sharing the passion of gardening is something that’s hard to explain if you haven’t done it but if you have, you’ll know what we mean.”

The guest speaker will be Diane Ragone, director of the Breadfruit Institute. She will speak about establishing one of the largest breadfruit institution in the world and how people can be a part of the solution to end hunger.

“I feel inspired because she demonstrates that one person with a strong decision and commitment to follow through can make a big difference in the world,” Massey said.

Guests are welcome to bring the seeds, cuttings and plants they wish to exchange to the park at noon and will be supplied with a card to place information about each variety of plant they have brought to share.

The Community Seed and Plant Exchange began in 2008 when Regenerations Botanical Garden teamed up with GMO Free Hawaii to promote the importance and benefits of plants throughout Kauai.

“This kind of stewardship of plant diversity at the local scale is really an important,” Massey said. “So, we’re happy to play a small part of what’s happening all over the world. We’re playing a small part in a very big story, which is the culmination and domestication of plants which has happened over thousands of years.”

The event is free but donations are accepted.

Info: 652-4118

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