Borrow, Grow, Return
The Dickinson County Library is continuing our heirloom vegetable garden seed bank exchange program, called Seed Savers! Visit our Main Branch to learn more about the program, and to register! Participants plant the seeds, harvest the crop, and return new seeds from the crop to the library seed bank. The new seeds turned in will help continue this program for years to come! If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Main Branch at 774-1218.
What Is Seed Savers?
Seed Savers is a program hosted by the Dickinson County Library that provides access to heirloom seeds that you can use to start your garden!
How Can I Begin?
Visit the Dickinson County Library Main Branch in the spring and early summer to sign-up for the program, receive your complete Seed Savers Library information packet, and select your beginner seeds from the collection.
What Kind of Seeds Are Available?
The seeds are divided into four categories: tender, very tender, hardy and semi-hardy.
Typically, the Dickinson County Library has the following seed varieties:
Very Tender: Pepper, Winter Squash, Tomato, Cantaloupe, Watermelon
Tender: Bean, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Zucchini
Hardy: Peas, Radish, Onion, Cabbage, Spinach
Semi-Hardy: Beet, Carrot, Lettuce
What Happens After I Plant?
After you plant your seeds and grow your crop, you will need to collect some seeds from the best plants from your crops and set them aside to return to the Dickinson County Library Main Branch. You can pick up Seed Saver envelopes at the library.
Why Save Seeds?
Humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years. However, in our culture much of that knowledge has been lost over the last hundred years, along with significant biodiversity. When you grow and save your own seeds, you:
- develop seed stock that is well suited to our climate
- save money
- mitigate our dependence on agro-business