Duluth Public Library unveils first-of-its-kind public seed library

By KBJR News 1

February 22, 2014 Updated Feb 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - In what organizers say might be the first of its kind in Minnesota, the Duluth Public Library announced the grand opening of their new Public Seed Library on Saturday.

The seed library is a collaborative effort between the Duluth Public Library, city and county gardening programs, and the Institute for a Sustainable Future.

According to library Manager Carla Powers, one big goal with the seed library is to promote area gardening, and sustainability, through patrons borrowing bean, pea, and tomato seeds.

It also encourages gardeners to save seeds for the new library.

That, says Powers, will hopefully grow their library to a wide assortment of locally adapted seed stock.

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

The unveiling was complete with a twine cutting ceremony.

Gardeners will be asked to return a portion of their seeds to the seed library at the end of growing season.

Billy Wagness