A Library of What?!

As part of our CreationStation Makerspace, we are pleased to host a newly established Seed Library!

“What’s a seed library, you might ask?”

A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free and is run for the public benefit.  Many public libraries offer seed libraries.  Our goal is to encourage you to garden, grow your own food, and preserve some of the seeds from your harvest to develop a sustainable collection of locally adapted varieties.  Seed saving is something that humans have done for over 10,000 years.

As our seed library is just starting out, we’re asking Terryville Public Library cardholders to limit their request to not more than 8 seed packets of free seeds for heirloom vegetables and/or flowers.  Grow the plants in your garden.  Enjoy the bounty and harvest seeds from a portion of your crop and return them to the Seed Library to be shared with others next year!  For a list of the seeds we currently have available, please visit the CreationStation Library Makerspace page and click on “Seed Library”.

Still developing your green thumb?  We’re hosting a number of gardening programs in the coming months to increase your confidence.

We are holding two programs in early March on Seed Starting.  This is timed just right for most vegetables and herbs for our area.  At these programs, you’ll not only learn more about the nitty gritty of seed starting, you’ll leave the program with a selection of vegetable seeds started!   Visit our Event Calendar for more information on the dates and times of our Seed Library programs.  Please note that new programs continue to be added.

While we call attention to our Seed Library, we also want to help raise awareness of the Park and Recreation Department’s long-standing Community Gardens program.  Community members are invited to lease a garden plot for the growing season.  There is on-site access to water and the cost is very reasonable.  There are a limited number of garden plots, so please express your interest early.  Register online or call the Mayor’s Office at 860-585-4001 for more information.