ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District has began a Seed Library.
“The Seed Library is one thing new we are attempting this yr,” mentioned Samantha Hearn, Belmont SWCD Agricultural Technician. “It really works similar to every other library in the way in which that you simply borrow and return objects. On this case, you might be borrowing and returning seeds as an alternative of books. We can have seeds out there to the general public to take dwelling and plant at no cost to them. Then as soon as the plant has matured they’ll collect some seeds and return them to the library for another person to plant subsequent yr. For instance: somebody borrows a packet of pepper seeds. As soon as the pepper is mature, they may collect a few of the seeds, dry them out and return them to our workplace.”
Belmont SWCD needed to supply this service to the general public to not solely create an avenue for gardening lovers to fulfill and share assets to others however to additionally get individuals desirous about gardening.
“We need to educate individuals about understanding the place your meals comes from and the way vital regionally grown meals is. This will even give individuals an opportunity to discover ways to save seeds as an alternative of shopping for new ones yearly. Folks additionally will not have to purchase a complete packet of seeds if they’ve a small backyard and solely need just a few seeds. They will borrow what they want and go away the remainder for another person to take pleasure in,” Hearn mentioned.
The library might be stocked with a big selection of seeds. From zinnias and cosmos to zucchini and carrots. They are going to have a wide array of vegetable, herb and flower seeds. So when individuals cease in to browse the library, they’ll choose a pack of seeds that possibly they have not tried earlier than.
“This primary yr, we might be principally depending on seeds donated from companies, however as soon as the library takes off we hope to be stocked with seeds from all of our debtors. We’ll settle for any additions to our library at any time and sit up for gaining a big selection of seeds. Our library opens March 1,” Hearn mentioned.
The Belmont SWCD workplace, the place the Seed Library is situated, is open weekdays from eight a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and they’re all the time out there to supply assist to anybody it doesn’t matter what dimension their backyard is.