Your Green Life: "Seed Library"

By KBJR News 1

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
The Duluth Public Library is going organic! Well, sort of. This growing season, if it ever comes, the library will offer seeds for gardening.

Carla Powers, the Manager of Duluth Public Library told me, "Definitely a first for Duluth, and one of the first seed libraries in the state of Minnesota, so we've officially unveiled the Duluth Seed Library."

It may be a new concept in Duluth, but there are over 200 of these seed libraries in the country. Carla Powers says it's all about bringing the garden closer to the table.

"What we're hoping to do it promote gardening and to promote saving seeds so that over time we've got a source of locally adapted seed stock that works well for our northern climate and is not a hybrid and is self–sustaining into the future."

It's not easy growing in this climate, so community members can help spread the genes of the hardy plants that produce the most food.

Powers says, "We have a very short growing season in Duluth so if gardeners are growing seed and saving the best of those seeds to replant the following year, then over time we will have seeds that work well for our short growing season."

So instead of buying a genetically modified seed or plant, the community can come together and produce its own bio–diverse gardens.

"It's a community resource and it doesn't belong to a person or company but it belongs to us and we should be preserving it and making use of it." said Powers.

Tomato, pepper, pea, and bean seeds will be on loan. The library will also be hosting several workshops to teach the tricks of the trade to those looking to start their green thumb.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch