Have you tried a Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, or Chocolate Stripe tomato? If you have eaten one, you probably noticed their exceptional color and flavor. These and other heirloom vegetables have been grown for generations and prized for their nutritional value. If you’ve never tried one, now might be the perfect time to find out more.
The Grant County Library was selected as one of 300 libraries nationwide to receive a grant to create a seed library. The seed library will be available for all Grant County residents. Librarian Jody Carlson says, “This will be a long term project with community members borrowing, harvesting, returning seeds to share, and sharing knowledge.”
The first seed library meeting is open to all interested gardeners and is set for Monday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the community room at the Grant County Library. Bruce Johnson will speak about the different type of seeds — hybrid, heirloom, non-GMO, etc., and share his experience growing and harvesting heirloom seeds.
Light refreshments will be offered. Some heirloom seeds will also be available. According to Carlson, more seeds are on order to help build and sustain the library.