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SHML Seed Lending Library Commencement
April 24, 2017
@ South Haven Memorial Library
South Haven Memorial Library
In an effort to preserve and expand the biodiversity currently present in southwest Michigan, the South Haven Memorial Library will be hosting a seed lending library beginning April 24.
In an effort to preserve and expand the biodiversity currently present in southwest Michigan, the South Haven Memorial Library will be hosting a seed lending library beginning April 24. The seed library will contain a collection of non-GMO, organic, heirloom seeds that will be available for “checkout” by the public. There will be a three seed packet limit. The goal will not be to fully stock individual gardens, but instead to introduce home gardeners to a wider variety of produce. Later in the year, the library will be hosting a series of programs covering harvesting seeds from the mature plants. The request will be that a portion of those seeds harvested will be brought back to the library and placed back in the collection for future use, and that the rest will be replanted and used again the following year by the gardener.
As this collection grows and evolves, we will be building the biodiversity of the region, as well as a collection of seeds adapted to the region. The core of this collection has been generously donated by: Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, Seed Savers Exchange, and High Mowing Seeds. Additional donations of non-GMO, organic, heirloom seeds will be thankfully appreciated.