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Preston Seed Library


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Beth, Preston | March 1, 2017

As the daughter of a vegetable farmer, I know very well how important seeds are. It constantly amazes me that these tiny specks of nothing can grow, in just a few months, into something beautiful or delicious.

Here at Idea Exchange, Preston, we have encouraged our young visitors in past years to explore the magic of seeds and growing in our Preston Children’s Community Garden located just behind the building. We will continue to engage children and youth in our garden and encourage everyone to check out our bounty in the warmer months.

In the meantime, we have something new to offer gardeners of all ages and skills. On January 28, 2017 (National Seed Swap Day), we launched the Idea Exchange, Preston Seed Library. The Idea Exchange, Preston Seed Library is a free program with the goal of increasing awareness of and supporting sustainable food and gardening practices while building community. Through seed saving and sharing, we aim to celebrate biodiversity, nurture locally adapted plant varieties, encourage time spent in nature, as well as foster community connections and a culture of sharing.

Idea Exchange, Preston Seed Library owes great thanks to Preston Community Garden for their generous support and knowledge, as well as the donation of the beautiful cabinet that will hold our collection. We are also grateful to Seeds of Diversity for their wonderful donation of seeds to help us develop our stock to share.

Members can browse our seed collection and take out seeds for their own use. We encourage members to learn how to save seeds and return saved seeds to us, as well. Donations of purchased seeds are also welcome. 

Although I may be the daughter of a vegetable farmer, the natural green thumb wasn’t necessarily passed down.  I certainly have a lot to learn in my own garden! 

At Idea Exchange we want to support your interests and help your own learning, too. In conjunction with the Seed Library initiative, we will be offering events and workshops that will be of interest to new and skilled gardeners alike. On March 27, join us to learn about Seed Saving with Bob Wildfong from Seeds of Diversity. We welcome Anne Williamson on April 24 for her presentation on beekeeping and different uses for honey. Ann Lanigan from Simpler Thyme Organic Farm will be at Preston on May 29 presenting a workshop on Culinary and Medicinal Herbs. Finally, Siobhan Bonisteel-Topping from Preston Community Garden will be doing a Garden workshop on June 26.  Each workshop runs from 7:00 – 7:30pm and stories and activities will be available for kids, leaving you to focus on learning and sharing with our knowledgeable guests.