A new use for the library

Talk about giving back to the community! This is such an awesome idea, instituted by the small town library in Basalt, Colorado.

The seed library is a partnership between the Basalt Public Library and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Seed packets encourage gardeners to write their names and take credit for their harvested seeds. 

Here’s how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.

Read the full article here at NPR news

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2 responses to “A new use for the library

  1. I love this idea. The article is great, and all the naysayers who sneer at it- what if people don’t bring back seeds? don’t get a good harvest? plant hybrid crosses? aren’t libraries just for books? – are quite succinctly answered in the comments!

    • I agree. Libraries are about so much more than just borrowing books or having a quiet place to read nowadays. Its nice to see this program start, and I hope other libraries pick up on the trend. Although I’ve read stories of some libraries actually checking out bake-ware. That would be fun to borrow too, especially for one time use.

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