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A part of the South Burlington Public Library, the Seed Library is a hub for local seed exchange and garden education. Currently stocked with a variety of non-GMO vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, the library is offering curbside pick-ups for gardeners in the community. Gardeners can also “return” seeds harvested within the past year.

Library staff organize and promote educational programs and resources relevant to gardening, seed saving, and local food. The first of these programs this year, on starting seeds, will be with local garden expert Ron Krupp on March 16 at 6 p.m.

To RSVP and receive the Zoom link for this virtual program, email SBPLinfo@southburlingtonvt.gov.

By distributing open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, the South Burlington Seed Library and similar projects around the country are working to preserve genetic and cultural diversity and to increase access to local, sustainable food. Before seeds were first packaged and sold, around 1,800 in the U.S., communities relied on saving and sharing seed for nourishment. For over two years now, the Seed Library has helped re-connect gardeners to this type of free exchange, and ultimately, to the land and each other.

The Roman politician Cicero said that “if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” The South Burlington Seed Library merges those essential spheres of learning and growing, strengthening the community with abundant gardening resources.

To learn more about requesting curbside seed pick-ups and upcoming programs, visit southburlingtonlibrary.org/seed-library.

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