CRYSTAL FALLS—The Crystal Falls Library has announced it has started an heirloom vegetable garden seed bank exchange.
The heirloom seed bank exchange program was started by farmers concerned about the nation’s seed stock. Second generation seeds are becoming a thing of the past. The majority of seeds planted today are no longer producing another crop; these are seeds that have been genetically altered not to reproduce and are considered a hybrid seed.
Heirloom seed banks in libraries are beginning to sweep across the nation, and the Crystal Falls Library is on the cutting edge of this new phenomenon.
A Crystal Falls Library card will allow you to checkout 17 varieties of non-hybrid, non-genetically modified garden seeds at no cost to you. You plant the seeds, harvest your crop and return new seeds from that crop to the seed bank by Nov. 1.
“This is just the start of a great community program that can be expanded as new types of seeds are added in the future,” said a spokesperson.
The library is starting with 17 varieties of seeds, which were recommended for our short growing season. They include beans, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrot, corn, cucumber, lettuce, onion, peas, pepper, radish, spinach, tomato, watermelon, winter squash and zucchini squash.
If you have any questions, contact Deb Grabowski at 906-284-2458 for more information. Happy planting!