The files and paperwork for the Grant County Seed Library sit on shelves near the public library's information desk.

Demo: Grant County Seed Library

The Grant County Seed Library will hold a roundtable on how to use the seed library on Saturday, August 19, 10:30-11:30am, at the Silver City Public Library. Presenters will offer information and demonstrate how to borrow and donate seeds for the Grant County Seed Library. Come, learn the ropes, and borrow some seeds! This event is free and all are welcome. The seed library is a project sponsored by the Volunteer Center, High Desert Organic Gardeners, and the Silver City Food Co-op. The seed library has been located at the Silver City Public Library since November 2016.

Seed libraries are shared community resources that are growing in popularity. Community members donate seeds from plants they have grown. Others borrow the seeds, plant them, then donate some seeds from their crop back to the seed library. The Grant County Seed Library began with packets of seeds from an organic seed company that gives them away at the end of each season. Now there are many locally-grown seeds available. “Seeds that are grown locally for three generations or more are the best. They begin to adapt to our climate and soil,” explained Azima Forest, seed library manager. The seed library goal is two-fold: to encourage community members to grow food more, and to develop a source for healthy seeds that are well-adapted to our region.

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