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Free Seed Exchange

Free Seed Exchange

From April 3 to April 8, stop by Salem Church Branch, Porter Branch, or Headquarters Library to drop off your extra seeds and exchange them for ones you need. Seeds that you drop off should be clearly labeled and packaged in small bags.*  

Want to know more? Check out these resources for information on growing plants from seed, saving seeds, and seed exchanges:

In the Library:

Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver by Diane Ott Whealy
Diane Ott Whealy, who co-founded Seed Savers Exchange in 1975, shares her story of how farming led her to push for agricultural biodiversity and genetic preservation of plants.

Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia by Billy F. Best
As local efforts to preserve heirloom seeds have become part of a growing national food movement, Appalachian seed savers play a crucial role in providing alternatives to large-scale agriculture and corporate food culture.

Starting Seeds: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seed by Barbara W. Ellis
Step-by-step instructions on how to start a plant from seed, care for plants, harvest produce, and collect seeds so you can plant another crop.

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray
Ray believes our food supply is at risk due to the loss of plant varieties. She's researched plants and seeds and shares how seed-saving, while simple, is vitally important to us all. 

Online:

Seed Savers Exchange - www.seedsavers.org
The Exchange conserves and promotes America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. They want gardeners to grow many types of seeds in order for the plants to adapt to local growing conditions. Shop their seed store for vegetable, flower, and herb seeds and trees.

Feeling inspired? Please attend a Starting Seeds Indoors event. You'll learn how to start your own vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seed. Seed selection, sowing techniques, materials, and timing will be discussed and demonstrated to give you the skills to grow your own spring garden plants and perhaps have plenty to share with friends.
Headquarters Library - Thursday, March 23, 7:00 -8:00

*The library does not accept responsibility for the condition or viability of the seeds.