The Seed Libraries
Housed in repurposed card catalogs, the Ashe and Watauga County Seed Libraries offer free, open-pollinated and heirloom seeds to community members who can take seed packets, grow and enjoy fresh vegetables from their gardens. Patrons are also welcome to then save seeds from those plants, returning the seeds to the Seed Library.
Little Free Seed Libraries
Western Watauga Community Center
Watauga Public Library
Many thanks to Debbie and Mike Bauer for creating the Little Free Seed Libraries, Watauga County Public Library for hosting and promoting the seed libraries, and Watauga Cooperative Extension, Lettuce Learn, and Seed Programs International of Asheville for donating seeds!
Where do the seeds come from?
Our Seed Library has found support, or seeding, from several independent seed companies, like: High Mowing Organic Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, and Sow True Seed, as well as Mast General Store, Earth Fare and our area's growing community, specifically: James Davis, Marilyn Derr, Christof den Biggelaar, Jim Veteto, and the seed savers at the High Country Seed Swap & Growers Exchange, and the Lettuce Learn School Garden program.
How can I help?
Each year we seek growers to commit to growing specific local, heirloom varieties for the Seed Library's. Some of these varieties have been grown by western North Carolina or Appalachian growers since the 19th century. By becoming a Dedicated Seed Saver, you will help keep these seeds alive and help connect our community with these varieties. To learn more or to become a Dedicated Seed Saver, please contact Debbie Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.