Sowing a Culture of Interdependence
It’s finally here!
Do you like eating? Who doesn’t? Do you like paying high prices for imported veggies covered in pesticides? ….Maybe not. So here is a novel solution- grow your own! And we are here to help make it as affordable as possible by “lending” you the seeds to do just that!
Whether you have a large or small garden, access to a community garden, or even just an apartment balcony, the St. Thomas Seed Library has a wonderful variety of heirloom vegetables, fruits, and even ornamental flowers suitable for both the average backyard as well as small container gardening.
The idea of a “seed library”- where a patron can borrow packages of seeds for free, just like books, and return some of the seeds from what they grew at the end of the season- has been gaining grassroots popularity for years. It is an idea that will appeal to folks who want to take control of what they eat and don’t want genetically modified “Franken-food”, to people who just like the DIY concept of free food, to those who have just watched too many episodes of “The Walking Dead” and figure getting on the homesteading bandwagon is a good idea! (Which of course it is, all zombies aside!)
We live in an ever-technological world where so many of us have lost sight of where our food comes from, and the effort it takes to get from the seed to our plate. How cool would it be to be able to walk out to your backyard and get everything you need for a tasty salad for lunch? Or you could choose to grow just the veggies you need to make enough preserves to last all winter- and know you are helping someone else in our community do the same thing when you return some seed from your harvest back to the library!
So St. Thomas, come on out to St. Thomas Public Library on February 29th at 6:30pm in the Carnegie Room for the Seed Library Launch Event! We will have light refreshments, sign-up sheets for the orientation sessions, and a very special screening of the documentary “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds”.
Get ready to get dirty- dig into our links and check out what seeds we have to offer, and lets get back to our roots!