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The Seed Library is now open

Gardeners who are planning this year’s garden are invited to stop by The Seed Library inside New Castle-Henry County Public Library to pick up seed packets. The Seed Library is free and is available on the upper level in front of the Indiana Room during regular library hours.

“We have several exciting announcements from The Seed Library,” said Krystal Stanich, Teen and Adult Services Librarian. “The Seed Library is growing a vegetable garden in its garden plot! We are excited to give back to the community by donating harvested vegetables to local food banks. Also, The Seed Library plans to get out a bit this summer and visit the Henry Co. Farmer’s Market on the first Saturday of each month.”

The Seed Library is designed to foster healthy community and sustainability by supporting the longevity and integrity of heirloom seeds. The library contains a selection of seeds that can be borrowed at no charge. When plants grow, seed recipients donate a portion of the seeds from their plants back to The Seed Library for others to use.

It’s easy to get started with The Seed Library. Simply fill out a membership form and place it in the designated box. Select the seeds you want to use and write your name and the seed names you selected in the black binder. When you harvest your seeds, place these seeds back in the original envelope and return to the library.

In addition to providing seeds, The Seed Library also partners with the Master Gardeners of Hancock County to provide gardening classes for area gardeners or those interested in starting to garden.

Upcoming classes include “Cooking with Herbs” on April 8. Participants will learn how to grow herbs in a kitchen garden to add more flavor to meals. “Attracting Garden Visitors” is May 13 and will focus on using native plants to naturally attract pollinators such as butterflies and birds.

These classes start in Meeting Room A & B at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about events and services at New Castle-Henry County Public Library, visit www.nchcpl.org and follow the library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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