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Learn to Save Seeds and Support Seed Library

Learn to Save Seeds and Support Seed Library

Published: March 11, 2021

When the Catawba County Library launched a donation drive for its new seed library last month, many people voiced an interest in learning the proper way to preserve seeds, so the library is partnering with the Catawba County Cooperative Extension to offer a virtual seminar called ‘Seed Saving: Tips & Tricks.’

The program will take place at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 16, and will be led by Dr. George Place, Extension director. He will discuss the various techniques used to propagate and save seeds from flowers, vegetables, and herbs and will also explain why certain methods are required to ensure viability of the seeds.

To register for the Zoom program, visit or call 828.465.8665.

Gardeners and farmers who would still like to contribute to the seed library are welcome to drop off specimens at any library branch during regular business hours. Donations should be securely packaged and clearly labeled with name, variety, and suggested growing conditions if possible. Local and heirloom varieties are especially appreciated. Pre-packaged, unexpired seeds are also accepted.

The seed collection will be housed upstairs at the Main Library in Newton (115 West C Street) and will officially open for borrowing and browsing on Saturday, March 20. Since the seed library depends on ongoing donations from the community, please check in frequently to see what’s available.

People who would like to learn more about gardening or who would like to get additional information about starting, collecting, and saving seeds are invited to visit the library for helpful books. They can also explore materials via the library’s online catalog at

For guidance on agriculture, food, sustainability, and nutrition, the NC Cooperative Extension, Catawba County Center is a valuable local resource featuring a wealth of programs and information.