Seeds for Independence

Seeds for Independence is an idea that sprouted this summer. Loren Webster contacted a diverse group of people and everyone thought that a Seed saving group was a great idea. The library had contacted the Farmers Market a few times about starting a Seed Library and so Seeds for Independence took root.

If this sounds like something you are interested in supporting, join us at the Grayson County Rec Park, shelter #1, on Friday, October 16th, at 1:00 pm.  Rain date Friday, October 23rd, at 1:00 pm.  Please bring your mask with you and a chair if you choose to sit under the trees just beyond the shelter.   If you have saved some seeds this season and would like to share, please bring them with you labeled and packaged.

Many gardeners in our area are growing the same varieties their parents and even grandparents grew.  The goal of the seed library is to gather those seeds and distribute them to growers in the community to increase the supply and make sure these varieties survive for generations to come.  Any open-pollinated seeds that do well in our area, including flowers, are welcome additions.  The seed library will be housed at the library in Independence.  We plan to start distributing seeds the spring of 2021.

Do you or your family have a favorite seed?  In addition to saving seeds, the goal is also to save the history behind the seeds, even favorite recipes. You can bring seeds in a sealed envelope to the library or GLC office.  Please write your name, preferred contact information and the type of seed on the envelope.  If you’d like to share the history of the seeds, you can tell us your story or write it down. If you’d just like to share some seeds, that’s great too!

Future plans include workshops on seed saving and gardening and newspaper articles featuring stories behind the seeds. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information please contact Phyllis Bobbitt at the library 276-773-2761 or Michelle Pridgen 276-768-0597.

Thanks to Alecia Nehls for coming up with several logo ideas.