The Nyack Library will launch the first seed library in Rockland County, the Nyack Seed Exchange, next weekend.
A seed exchange or seed library allows community members free access to seed that is grown or acquired by other community members for use in their home gardens. It allows gardeners to share seeds without having to purchase them from major seed companies. A local seed exchange fosters the sharing of seeds that are “tried and true” – those most reliable and productive in our climate and conditions. Saving seed locally preserves varieties that are culturally significant, increases food security, and protects biodiversity.
Patrons will be able to “check out” seeds, get resources to learn about growing and saving seeds, and then, if successful, “return” harvested seeds once the growing season is complete. A variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers will be available for spring and summer planting.
In response to community interest, a committee of community members and library staff was formed last fall to organize the Nyack Seed Exchange. Many seed companies have stepped up to donate inaugural supplies including High Mowing Organic Seeds, Renee’s Garden, Seed Savers Exchange, Seeds of Change, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and Sow True Seeds.
The project officially launches Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m.