The Door County Seed Library – a new community resource – is launching at the Sturgeon Bay Library on March 2, 1-3 pm. Beginner or expert, everyone is welcome to meet other gardeners and growers.
The seed library – a collection of nearly 1,500 vegetable, herb, flower and native seeds that members can plant and grow at home – is a collaboration among the Door County Master Gardeners Association, Door County Library, UW-Extension, Wild Ones of Door Peninsula and The Community’s Garden.
“Anyone can become a member, and although we encourage everyone to learn proper seed-saving techniques, there is no obligation to return seeds,” Master Gardener Penne Wilson said.
The launch will include free seeds, door prizes, wildflower coloring for kids and lots of information about how to grow and harvest seeds. Master Gardener Karen Kidd will also teach Starting Seeds Indoors workshops at 1 and 2 pm.
“The Door County Seed Library’s mission is to cultivate the power of seed,” Wilson said. “Our goals are … to get people’s hands in the dirt, digging and planting; and … to encourage people to learn proper seed-saving techniques so that they can increase our community’s sustainability. By offering free seeds and supporting educational programs, we will expand our community’s capacity to grow fresh, nutritious vegetables and beautiful, pollinator-friendly flowers.”