Extension Provides Resources for Seed Library

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Book Resources-Seed Library

A Community Seed Library is Now Available!

Last year, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cherokee County Center staff began meeting with and  assisting Murphy Public Library staff (Melissa Barker and Beth Rollins) with the resources needed to plan and implement a free community seed library. That idea has now come to reality and the Seed Library is now open to the public!

The mission of the Seed Library is “to offer free seeds to anyone in our community who wishes to grow their own food. The program aims to encourage gardening and seed saving in our community and to promote self-reliance and a culture of sharing. This program provides reliable information and education regarding sustainable personal food production”.

Seeds have been cataloged into three categories including flowers, vegetables, and herbs. The Seed Library is a self-serve process. As you enter the library the Seed Library is on the right, housed in a repurposed card catalog system. Checking  out seeds is an easy process;  you will write your name and indicate the type and quantity of seeds on the check-out clipboard. There is a limit of five packets per visit. Community members are allowed to donate organic, heirloom, open pollinated seeds (or commercially packaged seeds) to the library. To do this you will bring in your seeds and fill out a donation slip, giving your seeds to the librarian at the circulation desk.

Seed Library Resources

Beth Rollins with the Seed Library Resource Book Highlighting the Extension WNC Planting Calendar

Various gardening resources are available (including books for children and adults) and handouts provided by the N.C. Cooperative Extension. Extension was able to provide a foundation of resources to initiate the seed library project with Beth Rollins taking lead on implementation and development.
Library and Extension staff were successful in obtaining seed library supplies, made possible in part through a grant from Steps to Health at NC State University. Seed packet donations were graciously received from Wayne’s Feed store, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Burpee Seed Company and the Seed Programs International, which were needed to make the seed library a reality.
Seed Library OfferingsThe success of the implementation of the Seed Library at Murphy Public Library has caused the Director for the Nantahala Regional Library system to set in motion an installation of additional seed libraries at three locations including: Andrews Public Library, Moss Memorial Library, and Graham County Public Library.
Visit the Seed Library for yourself at the Murphy Public Library, located at 9 Blumenthal St, Murphy, NC 28906. 
Stay tuned for upcoming Extension Gardening Classes at the Murphy Public Library this Spring!
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