Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Seed packet in a library? Check it out!

by Rosemary Beck at
Spring is on the way to the northern hemisphere, so it's time to go to the local public library and check out some seeds. At least, that's the way it works in twelve lucky libraries in the U.S.

Local gardeners donate seeds from their most successful plants to the local library, and they sit lined up in little envelopes marked with the name of the plant and the grower. Borrowers check them out--along with their books and CDs--with the plan to return seeds from the plants they will grow. 

Not only are the seeds checked out free of charge, they are specific to that particular biome, and are likely to grow better than store-sold seeds brought in from another part of the country. An added benefit? Libraries facing competition from ebooks in a digital age have a new draw. After all, shouldn't seeds be available to everyone, just like books?

NPR quotes Barbara Millerlibrary director of Basalt, Colorado, as saying, "You have to be fleet of foot if you're going to stay relevant, and that's what the big problem is with a lot of libraries, is relevancy." 

Would you like it if your local library enabled people to grow not only a love of reading, but also green beans, carrots, and tomatoes?


  1. This is such an excellent idea. I haven't checked our local library to see if they are participating, but I plan to!

  2. That's a fantastic idea.

  3. What an interesting idea! I had not known about this. So Pat, what are you going to grow in your garden in your backyard (jab jab). Wink! ;^)

  4. I have a black thumb, but would love to sponsor someone else's garden.

  5. There was an NBC Nightly News shout-out 'bout this last night, FRI, 3/22. Nice.

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