Seeds available once again thanks to growing seed library

By Bird Bouchard, The Ridgetown Independent News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


Thanks to your local library, starting a garden has gotten a lot easier.

This spring, residents can rent more than just books and movies at various Chatham-Kent Public Library locations.

“Library members can borrow seeds for free, save the seeds they grow and return some of those seeds to the library at the end of the growing season,” said Cassey Beauvais, manager of public services with the Chatham-Kent Public Library.

Officials with the Chatham-Kent Public Library have set a goal to distribute more than 8,000 packages of seeds from its annual seed library this year.

If successful, that would exceed the 6,200 packages for growing vegetables, flowers and herbs loaned out last spring, according to a news release from the library.

The seeds are available at the Chatham, Blenheim, Bothwell, Dresden, Highgate, Merlin, Ridgetown, Thamesville, Tilbury and Wallaceburg branches. Wheatley area residents can visit the Wheatley Depot at the Village Resource Centre for their seeds.

According to officials with the Chatham-Kent Public Library, the Seed Library provides an opportunity for residents of Chatham-Kent to grow healthy gardens, have access to affordable food and create beautiful spaces in their own backyards and local communities.

The library is accepting seed donations at any branch. The release said that residents are asked to fill out a donation form of the seed name, variety, and information on how to grow.