Housed in repurposed card catalogs, the seed libraries offer free, open-pollinated seeds that anyone in the community can “check out” in order to grow fresh vegetables and flowers in their gardens. Participants are welcome to then save seeds from those plants, returning the seeds to the Seed Library.
Monica Caruso, the Watauga County Librarian, expressed her excitement. “We are proud to welcome the Seed Library back for the second year this spring. Thanks so much to BRWIA and the county Cooperative Extension offices for supporting this valuable community resource. We hope to keep this project going for many years into the future,” Caruso said.
Ashe County Librarian Laura McPherson was also enthusiastic to see the seed library return, noting, “The seed library aligns perfectly with the library’s mission to promote lifelong learning in Ashe County. Patrons who leave the library with seeds, planting guides, and books about seed-saving can successfully grow their own food and flowers.”
This project is a collaboration among the Ashe County Public Library, the Watauga County Public Library, and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. It is supported by the Ashe and Watauga County Cooperative Extension Services.
The seed library was also recently featured in a beautiful article by Leigh Ann Henion in Our State Magazine.