Posted by: HouPE | 06/26/2013

Seed Saving Workshop & Seed Bank

Whether your garden looks like this:

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Or like this:

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We think we have a program that will appeal to you.  This is the time of year that gardens, whether small or large, are filling with their bounty. Perhaps this is the year that you finally have big, juicy, red tomatoes. Or maybe the melons this year are your sweetest yet. These are the rewards you hope to see for your hard work. It would be even better if your hard work would produce those results year after year. Saving seeds from this year’s “best-ever” fruits and vegetables will increase your odds of a great crop next year too.

We have invited Dr. Christopher Inhulsen of Montezuma to Perry Public Library. He is a member of the Southern Fruit Fellowship and has an expertise in seed saving. He will share with us what seeds are able to be saved and how to save them so that you can use them for your next year’s planting. Come prepared to take notes and to ask your questions! The program will be offered Tuesday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m.

We hope that you will find this information useful and be inspired to save seeds! Following the summer harvest, Perry Public Library would like to establish a seed bank. We are inviting patrons to drop off some of the seeds that they save from their gardens in accordance with Dr. Inhuslen’s instructions. The seeds should be labeled with a minimum of the type of plant. This program will be administered much as the paperback swap was in years past. Patrons may leave some seeds and take some seeds.

This is in response to some great seed banks that have received media coverage in the recent months. The vegetable growers of Perry have voiced their desire to have a similar service offered at Perry Public Library. We can recognize a good idea when we hear one. Our only challenge was finding a way to make sure that the endeavor could be ‘fruitful’. We think that the session with Dr. Inhulsen is a great place to start.

We hope to see you Tuesday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m.

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