Sustainability Matters hosts plant swap every third Thursday

WOODSTOCK – Sustainability Matters Virginia is now hosting a monthly community plant, seed and produce swap every third Thursday through the growing season at Riley Park in Woodstock.

Sari Carp, group co-founder, said the success and turn-out from the spring plant swap inspired the group to begin hosting monthly swaps for residents and plant enthusiasts to share their bounty with the community. 

“During summer especially, we wanted a way to bring everyone together,” Carp said. “And what a better way than through a community plant swap.”

Participants are encouraged to bring a pest-free plant, two or three for trade. They can be potted for bare root, as long as “you’re able to part with them” Carp said. Other items include seeds, gardening books and produce.

The group decided to add produce during the summer months as an opportunity for farmers and backyard growers a chance to share their excess produce instead of allowing it to go to waste.

Those in attendance are encouraged to pack a picnic and enjoy the first day of summer with members of Sustainability Matters and the community.

Carp said the event is about talking and educating one another and making connections.

“You’ll always leave feeling like you walked away with more than you purchased,” she added.

The event is co-sponsored by the Town of Woodstock and Shenandoah County.

Sustainability Matters is a group of individuals and organizations working together for sustainability oriented education and community building through gardening, nature conservation, environmental awareness and animal welfare.


If You Go


When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Where: 540 Park Avenue, Woodstock.

Admission: Open to the public.