Library looks ahead to warmer seasons

January 9, 2019

The Rochester Public Library is gearing up gardening season.

On Saturday, the Decorah-based nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange will share how its organization is working to conserve and protect America’s gardening and food crop heritage through seed-saving.

Kathryn Gilbery, Seed Savers’ exchange and outreach coordinator, will lead the presentation and provide insight into how collecting, growing and sharing heirloom seeds can have a positive impact for future generations.

The presentation will start at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the library auditorium.

Keri Ostby, head of library’s technical services, said the program is the first of several planned as part of creating a new local seed library, which will allow carholders to borrow and donate seeds.

“The seed library will give community members a chance to learn about growing their own food in a hands-on, tangible way,” Ostby said.

Along with packets of seeds, the library will also offer information and classes on growing food.

Saturday’s seed-preservation presentation is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

For more information about the Seed Library or the Seed Preservation program, visit www.rplmn.org/seed.

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