You will soon be able to see the seeds from the mountain library. And unlike most library materials, you get to keep them! The seed library pilot program, which begins September 11, encourages residents to produce their own food. To alleviate seed shortages and encourage more participation in urban agriculture, a partnership between the Friends of the Mountain Library and a race is underway.
“The purpose of seed sharing is always to raise more people, expand access to and interest in gardening and connect with the earth,” he said. Rena Kovalkik, Which sits on a low-cost DC board. It makes sense to work with a public library to distribute seeds collected in one race and in other ways. “The library has low barriers to access, it is a welcoming place, and there are no income barriers or anything like that,” she said.
Kovalkik says she ran an experimental run two months ago with summer seed collections in seed trays, soil bags, and two or three varieties. “We had about 30 registered families,” she says. They immediately ran.
according to Lilian Garcia, Volunteer Mountain Library Volunteer, the process begins with a visit to the Mountain Pleasant Seed Library. Then click on the link to fill out the form in English and Spanish and select up to five breeds. For starters, everything from home-grown pumpkins and carrots to home-grown microwaves. Most are from local farms.
Once you have deposited your seeds and received a confirmation email, they will pick them up at the table at the delightful library friends at the Village Farmers Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Depending on availability, you may be able to bring home seeds without having to put them online first.
“Once started, it would be great to see how many people start gardening in their small plots or apartments,” said the president of the Mountain Library. Carlos Izuriyeta. It also organizes food fair issues with DC Fair Food. “For many families with children, this is a great opportunity for them to grow up in the city. It’s great to see where your food comes from. ”
Izurieta thinks that if the seed library goes well, it will be able to expand to other libraries throughout DC. “It encourages collective social experience and sustainability. They are what the library represents for us,” he said. “I think this is a test program, it helps to show the power of the genealogy library and others can repeat it. The library is a place where anyone can go and is free and accessible to all. ”
Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, (202) 671-3121, dclibrary.org/mtpleasant