Waynesboro-Wayne County Library Creates Seed Library

WAYNESBORO, Miss. (WDAM) – The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library has created a “Seed Library,” which provides free seeds to local gardening enthusiasts looking for something a little different to grow.

These heirloom seeds have been passed down from generation to generation and have not been genetically modified.

Although many seeds come from a common variety of fruits and vegetables, there are also many unusual ones.

Some of the more exotic seeds include the Chinese python snake bean, the 1,500-year-old cave bean, the lemon-shaped squash, the sweet chocolate pepper, the purple King Tut peas, and the world’s finest corn, for to name just a few.

Patsy Brewer is the library manager and she said the program was very popular with the public.

“We’ve had so many residents come out to pick up the seeds, men and women of all ages, and they’re very excited and it’s something different, something you don’t see every day,” said said Patsy.

“We had such a response from the public that we actually doubled down on another order for more seeds,” she added.

Brewer went on to say that she sees this as an ongoing project at the library, helped in part by growers who will donate some of their seeds to the library to give to others.

The project was funded by a $3,000 Library Service & Technology Act Grant designed to encourage education about food production, gardening, and seed saving.

The public is encouraged to stop by the library and pick up three seed packets, worth a total of $15, as well as educational tips on growing fruits and vegetables.

Approximately 260 packets of non-GMO seeds were purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds located in Mansfield, Missouri.

These non-GMO seeds are grown by pollination and not produced in the laboratory.

Open-pollinated seeds, on the other hand, are produced from random pollination by wind, birds, insects, or other natural means.

Gardeners who save the seeds of open-pollinated plants can keep them genetically pure by isolating the plants from the pollen of other plants and can expect the same characteristics when planted year after year.

The library repurposed a card catalog cabinet from the Pine Forest Regional Library in Richton that holds 36 prints the perfect size for seed packets.

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