WESTPORT — Time for spring planting is near, and Westport Farmers Market will herald the season March 7 with its annual seed exchange.

The exchange will take place during regular market hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane.

The event is open to gardeners interested in exchanging seeds with others, as well as those who simply want to take seeds home. 

All seeds, except those from invasive plants, are welcome, but event organizers ask that people bring primarily heirloom or organic varieties. (Click here for a list of invasive plants compiled by the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group at the University of Connecticut.)

Dina Brewster, a representative from Eco59, a farmer-led seed collective, also will be on hand to discuss the group’s goal of restoring native plants in the Northeast.

“Collecting, sharing and growing seeds saved by our very own shoppers, farmers, and vendors — especially heirloom varieties — involves the community personally in the promotion of local food and flora,” Lori Cochran-Dougall, the market’s executive director, said in a statement announcing the event.