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Contribute to Our Seed Library

Contribute to Our Seed Library

Published: January 28, 2021

Catawba County residents love gardening, and the library wants to be a part of sharing the rewards of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs! That’s why we’re asking for your help in creating a seed library, a storehouse of donated seeds that residents can draw from to plant their own gardens and help replenish once the harvest is done.

We’re launching the collection of seeds for our new library on Saturday, January 30 (also known as Seed Swap Day). Everyone is invited to bring in samples of their viable seeds to share, and heirloom varieties are especially appreciated. All library branches will accept seeds during their standard business hours, and the seed swap collection will be available to the public in early March. It will be housed upstairs at the Main Library in Newton.

Seeds in the collection are intended to meet local growing conditions and be well suited to the Foothills climate. They are subject to availability and cannot be reserved.

To learn more about seed-starting, gardening, and collecting and saving seeds, visit the library for helpful materials and browse our online catalog. The NC Cooperative Extension, Catawba County Center is also a terrific resource for matters related to agriculture, food, sustainability, and nutrition.