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Library Launches Free Seed Library
New service meant to encourage residents to enjoy gardening and growing their own food
As the days lengthen and the sun grows stronger, local residents are drawn to the outdoors. For many, this means preparing a garden and starting plants from seeds. To encourage patrons to explore the joys of growing their own food, the Longmont Public Library has launched a Free Seed Library. This new collection is comprised of commercial seed packets donated by local seed suppliers and available for free to library patrons. Housed in a vintage card catalog and located in the main lobby during the growing season, the Free Seed Library offers a broad assortment of fruit, vegetable, and herb seeds, so every gardener can discover something fun to grow.
Gardeners are asked to limit their selection to a dozen seed packets per household to allow as many local residents to participate as possible. Unlike some free seed libraries, this is not a seed exchange, and the Library can only accept unopened, commercial seed packets as donations to the collection. This year’s seeds were generously supplied by Lake Valley Seeds in Boulder. Seed suppliers are not permitted to sell seed packets from the previous growing season because they are not expected to be 100% viable, so millions of seeds go to waste each year. The Longmont Free Seed Library aims to minimize that waste and maximize the savings and fun for local gardeners.
Librarians have also created booklists for children and adults focusing on growing and gardening, and patrons who grow the seeds are encouraged to submit photos via the Library's Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive, and the new Free Seed Library is an opportunity for local library users to (re) discover the wonders of growing plants and food.