Spring is just around the corner and it is time to start planning your gardening projects. To help you get ready for the upcoming growing season, the Lewis County Public Library has partnered with the Lewis County UT Extension Office to host “Farm City Day”—a day of gardening, hobby farming, food preservation, and nutrition workshops at the library on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 9:00-12:00 p.m. A seed and recipe swap will be held immediately following the workshops.
“The library started the seed swap last year to meet a need we saw in our community. Within the last four years, residents have expressed an increasing interest in learning how to grow their own food for both economic and health reasons,” stated Library Director Crystal Nash. “It was important to not only offer residents free seeds, but to give them the know-ledge needed to grow, harvest, and preserve their own food for years to come. To accomplish this goal, we asked our local UT Extension Office to provide their expertise. We are excited that last year’s seed swap has grown into this year’s Farm City Day.”
The seed swap is just one example of how the library believes in creating positive change within our community. Farm City Day is free and open to the public and is ideal for novice and expert gardeners alike. Anyone can bring food, flower, herb seeds or live plants to swap or share. Seeds can be commercially packaged or ones you've collected yourself. It's helpful if you can include the date the seed was collected, and any specific germination or growing requirements. If you do not have seeds to share, come anyway to get seeds and share garden stories while mingling with other gardeners, farmers, homesteaders, and seed savers.
A recipe swap will also be held to help attendees discover delicious new ways to prepare the bounty of food grown from seeds obtained at the swap. Bring your favorite recipe to share with others, and take home some new inspiration for yourself.
In addition to partnering with the Extension office, the library has received seed donations from Territorial Seed Company and the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange to help ensure that there will be enough free seeds to go around for everyone. Many of the seeds donated to the library have been certified organic by Quality Certification Services and by Stellar Certification Services.
If you would like to learn more about this or other library programs, call the library at (931) 796-5365 or stop by the library.