The anticipated opening of our Seed Library in March was one of the casualties of the shutdown due to the pandemic. Since we were not able to lend books safely to our patrons, we decided that we were also not able to get seeds into their hands (and ultimately, their gardens). We felt this was the safest decision at the time for both patrons and staff.
One of our missions here at the library is to provide opportunities for the community to become resilient in the face of hardship and work towards environmental, economic and social sustainability. Now more than ever, libraries must help people achieve those goals within their homes and the wider community.
In early May, we donated seed packets to the South Huntington School District’s food drive in hopes that some of the families receiving the assistance would be able to utilize the seeds to create small household gardens to alleviate the burden of food insecurity.
Now that the library has reopened to the public, it seems like the right time to restart the Seed Library, albeit on a smaller scale. Many of you have inquired about the status of the Seed Library, and we’re pleased to announce that you can now request packets of seeds that can be planted now for a fall harvest. These are heirloom varieties, and we hope you will save the seeds from your plants and donate them back to the Seed Library.
If you wish to request seeds for your garden, please click this link to the Seed Request Form. It will direct you to a Google Form to fill out with your name, email address and library barcode number. You will be able to choose up to five varieties of seeds from the list provided. We will contact you by email to arrange a pick-up time.
The seeds that were earmarked for distribution in March, April and May will be available in Spring, 2021.