Saskatoon Seed Library takes root at the Garden Patch

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Seed Lending Libraries are being taking root across Canada! A seed library  operates just as a library does except you borrow seeds instead of books. Borrowers of seed attend attend a gardening and seed saving workshop before checking out their seeds - an opportunity to learn new skills! Participants grow the seeds, study the plants, save the seeds and then return them to the Seed Library for others to use the following growing season.  Seed Libraries are one strategy to ensure the biodiversity of local seeds are saved, while it encourages a wide variety of people to grow healthy food. learn new skills and save seed.
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A Seed Library is sprouting in Saskatoon thanks to the generous grant provided by Eco-Friendly Sask. A very big thank you to Eco-Friendly Sask's continued support of not only the Garden Patch, but environmental initiatives across our city! 
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 The Seed Library will purchase local, heritage and open-pollinated seed from Prairie Garden Seeds (in Humboldt). The library will begin small and just focus on a few varieties of beans, lettuce, cilantro and peas and continue to grow year after year. The volunteer core of the Seed Library will plant a "Seed Library" plot at the Garden Patch at the Community Kick-Off BBQ on Wednesday May 27th from 4-8PM (everyone is welcome to the Kick-off BBQ!).  This plot will 'seed' the Seed Library for future years. The Seed Library volunteer team will tend the Seed Library plot throughout the summer. Everyone is welcome to drop into our Weedin' Wednesday volunteer night (starting in June) to see the plot or to dig in!  
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In August  Jim and Rochelle Ternier from Prairie Garden Seeds to lead a workshop on seed saving - stay tuned for dates! This workshop would be free for anyone who wishes to attend and will culminate with the harvest of the Seed Library Seeds.
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The seeds we produce this growing season will be on offer to gardeners next spring at no cost.  Core Neighbourhood Youth Coop will be the home and host of the Seed Library once the seeds are harvested. There will be a catalogue available for members of the seed library at the start of next year's season.
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Want to get involved? Contact Karen Farmer at farmerinsaskatoon@icloud.com.
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Find out more about Eco-Friendly Sask and all the cool things they are up to HERE
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