GCC now has a seed library!
We are hosting a workshop for any interested participants this coming Monday, April 27th, from noon to 12:50 pm, in S338. We will talk about our new seed lending program, and Tony Reiber will also give a mini-workshop for beginning gardeners. Open to all GCC students, faculty, and staff. Please stop by!
A bit more about the seed library is included below.
What is a seed library?
A seed library is an institution that lends seeds to their patrons. Patrons of seed libraries are encouraged (but not required) to become familiar with seed saving techniques and to save seeds from their crops and “return” them for “lending” the next growing season.
In collaboration with the science department, the Nahman-Watson Library is starting a seed library at GCC. The rich agricultural heritage of Franklin County and GCC’s leadership in creating programs that emphasize local sustainability make the concept of a seed library at GCC a natural combination of innovation, sustainability, civic engagement, and lifelong learning.
This is our first and pilot year. To see a list of the seeds we have available, visit our library catalog. Searching for “greenfield community college seed library” will show you all the seeds we have available!
Seed libraries contribute to ensuring biodiversity, encourage the production and consumption of nutritious foods, and connect both the GCC community and the community at large with the pleasures of growing your own food. Seed libraries also help to collect and cultivate local crops that thrive in our particular local ecology and help to preserve open pollinated varieties of fruits and vegetables, which in turn can lessen our dependency on large agribusiness.
And lastly, it is not only an agricultural idea but a cultural one: a vision of a community that values sharing resources and expertise without thinking of profit.
We hope to see you on Monday! All GCC students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate this year.