Introducing the Seed Library at the Berea Branch!
Berea • Sarah Dobey Jones Branch
Grow your world. Learn about the Seed Library, meet local gardeners, and discover the value of heirloom seeds. Giveaways and gardening resources available including the Greenville gardening guide. Light refreshments.
- Why a Seed Library?
- The Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District and Greenville County Library System have combined their resources to establish a free, accessible, source of flower and food seeds ready for planting. The Seed Library program will:
- provide education on growing food, flowers, and/or native plants
- increase local food production and promote healthy diets
- help to preserve plant diversity with heirloom seeds
- What is included in the Seed Library?
- The Seed Library includes over fifty varieties of seed provided by generous donations from Seed Savers Exchange and Baker Creek Heirlooms. The seeds have been sorted, separated by type, packaged, and clearly labeled with information and instructions by Greater Greenville Master Gardeners and the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District.
- How does it work?
- Simply open a drawer and select up to ten seed packets. Seeds are sorted by the Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District.
- Help keep the Seed Library stocked by showing your selections to library staff who will note the seeds you’ve chosen. You’ll also be provided with the opportunity to get a library card and receive helpful growing resources for the seeds you've selected.
- Take your seeds home to plant and enjoy!
- What are heirloom plants?
- Heirlooms are plant varieties that have a history of being passed down within a family or community, and are more commonly used by small-scale gardeners and family farms for a variety of reasons—some cultural some pragmatic. Historically, farmers would preserve heirloom varieties that produced high yields and were well adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. Heirloom varieties are open-pollinated, which means that pollination has occurred naturally and was performed by insects, birds, wind, or humans.
- Why are heirloom plants important?
Heirlooms are known to produce better flavor and to be more nutritious. While that’s great news for our taste buds, heirloom varieties also play an important role in preserving the genetic diversity of plants. By choosing heirloom varieties, you’re not only preserving biodiversity, you’re also preserving the stories behind the seeds.
According to Seed Savers Exchange, “Choosing open-pollinated heirloom varieties conserves the genetic diversity of garden vegetables and prevents the loss of unique varieties in the face of dwindling agricultural biodiversity. Furthermore, focusing on heirloom varieties creates a historical connection to gardening and food production, building a more sustainable future by carrying on our garden heritage.”
- What’s a hybrid?
- Hybridization occurs when the pollen of two different species or varieties is crossed. This can happen both naturally or by human intervention. When this is done intentionally by humans, it’s to create a new variety with specific traits. For example, to create a type of lettuce that has an incredibly high yield AND is disease resistant.
- Why is the Seed Library not a seed sharing library?
- The Seed Library at the Berea Branch is not a seed sharing or seed exchange library, because we want to ensure you’re receiving high quality seeds that have been correctly identified before planting.
- Getting Ready for Spring
- Tue, Jan 15, 10a-11a • Fountain Inn
- Wed, Jan 23, 10a-11a • Mauldin
- Success with Seeds
- Mon, Feb 4, 7p-8p • Travelers Rest
- Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
- Wed, Feb 20, 7p-8:30p • Taylors
- Vegetable Gardening
- Thu, Feb 28, 7p-8p • Mauldin
- Growing Herbs
- Thu, Mar 7, 7p-8p • Travelers Rest
- Grow the Best Tomatoes
- Thu, Mar 14, 7p-8p • Mauldin
- Presented by Greenville County Soil and Water.
- Mon, Mar 11, 6:30p-7:30p • Berea
- STEAM Storytime: Seeds (ages 3-6)
- Tue, Mar 12, 10:30a-11:30a • Berea