Amid growing interest in eating locally, a handful of state libraries are helping residents develop their green thumbs by allowing patrons to check out more than just books.
Seed-sharing libraries are simple in concept and practice. Patrons are able to take heirloom seeds from the library, plant them in their gardens and then return to the library at the end of the season with seeds generated by the plant that grew from the original seed.
The first public library to implement the program was the La Crosse Public Library in February, which embarked on the practice after a year of research, planning and offering workshops to educate patrons on plant and seed requirements.
At least three other Wisconsin libraries — Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake, Lawton Memorial Library in La Farge and Wonewoc Public Library in Juneau County — have a similar seed-sharing library, said Martha Van Pelt, director of the South Central Library System. Van Pelt said she is sure there are more.
Read the Complete Article