The Fremont Public Library recently started its own seed library. Through this unique and innovative program, seeds will be available for patrons and local residents to "check out" and grow in their gardens, with the expectation that they will save some of their ripened seeds at the end of the growing season to return to the library for other gardeners to "check out" next year.
The library currently has a variety of seeds available for gardeners to borrow and over the course of the year plans to offer programs related to gardening and seed saving. The seeds offered are open-pollinated vegetables, herbs, flowers, and native plants that have been donated by community members, the Fremont Township Community Garden, and Seed Savers International.
Seed saving is an important part of the gardeners’ tool-kit because seeds that are saved from locally grown plants season after season have adapted to local climate conditions. Since the early 1900s the genetic diversity of garden seeds has declined as gardeners stopped saving seed and began relying on commercial seed companies, which rely more and more on a limited range of hybrid seeds. Saving and sharing open pollinated and heirloom seeds helps save and spread genetically diverse varieties of our garden favorites.
For more details and information about the Fremont Public Library's seed program please call 847-566-8702 or stop in today!