About The Plant Exchange
The Plant Exchange in a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has been serving the Oakland community since 2007. We encourage our community to share resources, recycle gardening materials, eliminate unnecessary landfill waste, and bring the best sustainable gardening practices to our neighborhoods. We support other nonprofits and community groups in the Bay Area by redistributing rescued plants and trees for horticulture education and community beautification projects.
Our signature event is our annual Plant Exchange, which draws over 1000 community members in a celebration of all things gardening. This event allows the community to share skills, learn about sustainable gardening, and contribute to the great greenness of the Bay Area, all while obtaining repurposed items for their gardens. The idea began in the front yard of our founder, Odette Pollar, as a way to connect with neighbors over gardening. Today, it holds the distinction as the largest free plant swap in the United States.
Our events and operations are 100% volunteer run! We have numerous opportunities throughout the year that allow our friends and neighbors the opportunity to give back to the community while performing the gardening they love.
Interested in volunteering? Head over to our volunteer page to sign up and help The Plant Exchange accomplish its mission of sustainable gardening.
The Plant Exchange Staff
The Plant Exchange Board of Directors