Article – WSU Seed Library – A New Resource

New Resource for Jefferson County Gardeners WSU Seed Library

by Karen Seabrook, WSU Master Gardener Seed Library Manager

The winter months are a good time to start planning your garden. Whether you’re growing ornamentals, natives, or edibles, saving seeds is a skill that you will want to know. You will be hearing more about seed stewardship and seed sovereignty when the Jefferson County Master Gardener Seed Library at the Washington State University Extension Office opens in February 2019! As the Seed Ambassadors Project notes on their website, “Seed sovereignty firmly plants seed saving and seed stewardship in the realm of fundamental human rights. The simple act of seed saving becomes a major act of resistance and social empowerment” (seed ambassadors).

The WSU JCMG Seed Library will be a self-serve seed cabinet (actually, an old library card catalog) stocked with pre- packaged envelopes of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. Educational material will also be available for reference. Select your seeds, plant what you will eat plus an extra amount that you will let go to seed. Collect the dry seed heads, put them in the envelope provided, fill out the information, and return them to the office. Volunteers will clean, store, and repackage them for next year’s borrowers. Easy peasy!

Website: Seed Library

Important Dates: Feb. 1st, 2019, WSU Seed Library opens

Other educational opportunities – TBA

Location: WSU Extension Office 121 Oak Bay Road Port Hadlock, WA 98339

Hours: M-Th 9-4:30

Seabrook, Karen. “New Resource for Jefferson County Gardeners: WSU Seed Library.” Commons: The Food Co-op Quarterly Newsletter. Port Townsend, WA. Winter 2019: 9. Print.

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