Charlotte Seed Library
This is a project of the Charlotte Library, to encourage and support our community’s home food producers and seed savers. It is part of a network of Seed Libraries and Seed Savers worldwide which promote the growing of heirloom varieties and keeping the seeds in the hands of the people.
Seed Saving Workshop 10/22
Join us Saturday October 22, 10:30-12:00 to learn first hand the beautiful basics with Vermont’s seed saving expert Sylvia Davatz. This is a special free workshop organized through University of Vermont. Space is limited and registration required, so sign up now! Find full details and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-saving-workshop-tickets-387747562397
Charlotte Seed Library ( Seed@charlottepubliclibrary.org ) is pleased to host this workshop. You are invited to wear masks inside Charlotte Library, and a supply will be on hand if needed.
Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of local food systems, as interest in gardening has exploded. With higher demand, many experienced difficulties in accessing seed, which illuminated the critical role that seeds hold in food systems and generated increased interest in seed systems. To respond to the increased interest in seed saving, your local seed library has connected with a team of University of Vermont (UVM) researchers and seed saving expert and Vermont resident Sylvia Davatz to offer a seed saving workshop. The workshop will be held on October 22nd at the Charlotte seed library and is free of charge.
To ensure that the workshop meets your needs as a seed saver and to understand the importance that seed libraries hold in your community, UVM will be conducting a research study that involves a voluntary and confidential survey. We are interested in understanding your impressions of the workshop and your engagement with the seed library. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, though we will send you an additional survey six months after the workshop to understand the lasting impacts of the workshop. Please direct any questions to the Principal Investigator of this project, Dr. Daniel Tobin at Daniel.tobin@UVM.edu or 802-656-4374.
The 2022 Charlotte Seed Library Catalog is hot off the press and waiting for you. We’re offering many past favorites, plus some which may be new to you. Pick up a copy at the library or click right here to view online!
All are tried and true heritage varieties of vegetable, herbs and edible flowers which are easy to grow and easy to save seeds from. We invite you to add some of these to your garden this year!
You do not need to be an expert gardener to do this. We provide guidelines for eco-friendly gardening and successful seed saving so you can enjoy the fruits of your labors this year and have seeds ready for 2023 for yourself and to share with others.
To request small packets of seeds from the 2022 catalog (no charge), email us at Seed@charlottepubliclibrary.org. We will let you know when your seeds are ready for pick up in the Library foyer.
Seed Library Coordinators Karen Tuininga and Linda Hamilton wish you happy garden planning!
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October 22, 10:30-12:00
Join us Saturday October 22, 10:30-12:00 to learn first hand the beautiful basics with Vermont’s seed saving expert Sylvia Davatz. This is a special free workshop organized through University of Vermont. Space is limited and registration required, so sign up now!
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