The Seed Libraries
Housed in repurposed card catalogs, the Ashe and Watauga County Seed Libraries offer free, open-pollinated 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.
Where do the seeds come from?
For 2017, our Seed Library 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.
How can I help?
This year, we are seeking growers to commit to growing specific local, heirloom varieties for the Seed Library's 2018 season. 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 Lindsey Giglio at firstname.lastname@example.org.