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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 21, 2014

Friends of Fairfield library offering heirloom seeds as fundraiser

Jan 21, 2014

Friends of the Fairfield Public Library are offering a new “Seeds to Grow” fundraiser to benefit the library.

The program was developed by Seed Savers Exchange to make heirloom seed packets available at a discount. Seed Savers Exchange is an organization in Decorah that implements heirloom-seed saving.

Friends are offering six heirloom collections: Big Salad Bowl; Container Magic; Kids Favorites; Pizza Party; Heritage Garden; and Flower Passion. Each collection contains four seed packets.

The cost of each four-pack collection is $10.

Library director Rebecca Johnson said 40 percent from the sale of each packet goes to the library and 60 percent goes back to Seed Savers.

Brochures with order forms are now available at the library’s front desk. Payment, payable to Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, is required with each order.

Friends will take orders through Feb. 22.

The group plans to take orders at the Fairfield Indoor Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Feb. 22 at the Fairfield Senior Citizen Center. The group also plans to take orders at other locations.

The orders will be sent to Decorah in one batch, and the seed orders are expected to arrive at the library during the first week of March. Friends will notify customers by email or phone when the packets are ready for pickup at the library.

For more information, call Kathy Goodman at 472-8701.

Johnson reminded library users that the Fairfield Public Library was one of the first libraries in Iowa to implement Seed Savers Exchange seed exchange program last spring.

After receiving $500 worth of 36 varieties of organic heirloom seeds, gardeners could check out up to five envelops of seeds for a lending period of six months. Johnson said participants grow the seeds in their own garden and allow the plants to pollinate and seed. Then, seeds are harvested, and participants can save seeds for themselves for next growing season and return the rest to the library for another person to check out next year.

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