Harvest of the Month: October

2021 October Harvest of the Month is Kale! Kale is a member of the Brassicaceae family, also known as the cabbage family, along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kohlrabi. It originated in the Mediterranean region and was brought to the United States from England in the 17th century. Kale is a very hardyContinue reading “Harvest of the Month: October”

From our friends at HANDS: Gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi will be presenting our FINAL (sadly) “HANDS in the Dirt” workshop of the season tomorrow, September 15, at 10:00am via Zoom. He’ll make a brief presentation titled “Putting Food By” and then make time to answer questions. Here’s the link so please join us: Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/85052009899?pwd=U09vUThlVnVOb2NHbGpNYjI0YmVGQT09 MeetingContinue reading

Harvest of the Month: September

September’s Harvest of the Month is Sweet Peppers. Here’s some information from the Vermont Harvest of the Month site: Peppers are native to Central and South America. They are among the first plants to be cultivated there. Pepper seeds dating back to 5000 B.C. havebeen discovered in Mexico. After explorers from Portugal & Spain madeContinue reading “Harvest of the Month: September”

Save Seeds from your Favorite Tomato

Tomatoes are at their peak now, and some stand out as new or old favorites.  Maybe it’s flavor, size, color, meatiness, disease resistance, productivity, or all of the above.  Why not save some seeds of those favorites so you can grow and enjoy them again next year?  It is really very easy to save seedsContinue reading “Save Seeds from your Favorite Tomato”


Vermont independent newspaper Seven Days showcased Charlotte Seed Library in Melissa Pasanen’s April 21 article:  “Charlotte Library Educates on Heirloom Plants — and Lends Seeds”.  Stimulated by our 2-part program in April discussing Vermont author Ellen Ecker Ogden’s book, The New Heirloom Garden, Melissa visited us to learn about what we do and why.  She also interviewed EllenContinue reading “SEED LIBRARY IN THE NEWS”

The New Heirloom Garden

What is an Heirloom Garden? Charlotte Seed Library and Charlotte Grange invite you to join Seed Library Coordinator Karen Tuininga and award-winning Vermont author and kitchen garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden, for a two-part presentation/discussion about gardening with heirloom varieties and saving their seeds.  Based on Ellen’s 2021 book, The New Heirloom Garden (featuring designs, recipes and heirloom plantsContinue reading “The New Heirloom Garden”

Join the Seed Library Network of Gardeners!

Getting your seeds organized for this year’s vegetable garden?  Some, like tomatoes, you’ll want to start now inside in your sunniest window or under grow lights; and some things like peas can go into the ground now, as soon as you can work the soil.  Many, like beans and squash, get planted directly into theContinue reading “Join the Seed Library Network of Gardeners!”

Seed Underground Book Discussion

Have you heard? We’re meeting up (via Zoom) this month for a group book discussion! The Seed Underground, by Janisse Ray Join Linda Hamilton, Charlotte Seed Library Co-Coordinator, for a 2-part discussion about this essential book.  Acclaimed author Janisse Ray draws us into the issues and the urgency of protecting food sovereignty through seeds.  SheContinue reading “Seed Underground Book Discussion”