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Take a seed, leave a seed

Good news for green thumbs, seed libraries are still up and running at both the Chetwynd Public Library, and Taylor Public Library. The seed library in Chetwynd started in 2016, one of the first in the region.
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Good news for green thumbs, seed libraries are still up and running at both the Chetwynd Public Library, and Taylor Public Library.

The seed library in Chetwynd started in 2016, one of the first in the region. The program is still going strong, moving into microgreens in addition to vegetables and flowers.

“We’re in the middle of a few programs that are running with the seed library,” said Seed Librarian Chelsea Hromadnik. “Last summer we gave away seeds from the farmers’ market, and had seedlings to give away as well.”

Fifteen sprouting kits were given away, with another 15 up for grabs, said Hromadnik. Organic seeds from Vancouver have also been ordered in to give away to patrons.

“We’re just trying to raise awareness for growing your own food and helping bee populations and things like that,” said Hromadnik. 

Taylor Library Director Sherry Murphy says the program has continued to grow since it started in 2018, noting families in need often use the catalogue for their vegetable gardens.

“It’s growing, which is good. It’s a free program, so if anyone wants to come use it and add to their garden, they can,” said Murphy.

Vegetable seeds, seed potatoes, and flower seeds can all be picked up and dropped off at the library.

“It’s expanded now, last year because of COVID I’m pretty sure we had huge hit on the seed catalogue,” said Murphy. “So I’ve had to purchase more seeds this year.”

Canning books are also being sought for the library, added Murphy.

Anyone interested in the seed programs can call the libraries.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca