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Library offers seeds

Apr 26, 2017

The Fairfield Public Library is now offering Seed Savers Exchange packets for checkout, with a six-month loan period.

You’ll find heirloom and non-hybrid varieties in five categories that are suitable for beginners: Tomatoes, beans, peas, lettuces, and peppers.

Seed saving is a learned skill. Before you borrow seed packets, employees ask that you read a short letter and take an open-book quiz. Later in the growing season, borrowers will be invited to a seed-saving demonstration. The goal is to support patrons in saving seeds that breed true year after year. Save seeds for yourself, and return some in the packet for others to enjoy next year.

Inside each packet are printed instructions for saving that type of seed. If you have further questions, the Seed Savers Exchange website provides free answers. Employees can assist you on a public computer:  www.seedsavers.org.

There is no charge for borrowing seed packets from the library, as long as they are returned with the same kind of seeds by the six-month due date.  However, there is a $2 charge for any packet that is lost or returned empty, to help offset the cost of seeds and supplies.

The Fairfield Public Library is a member of the Community Seed Resource Program – a national network of libraries that conserve America’s culturally diverse seed heritage for future generations.  All seeds are obtained from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah.

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