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Baraboo/Sauk County Heirloom Seed Library

The Baraboo/Sauk County Heirloom Seed Library

The mission of the Baraboo Public Library, working in partnership with the Sauk County Master Gardeners, is to lend free heirloom vegetable seeds to community members in order to teach the art of seed saving and sharing. The project will begin this month (January 2014) and will be headquartered at the library, which has a service area population of 18,000 in the rolling hills of south central Wisconsin. The heirloom seeds will be stored in our repurposed antique card catalog for access by all area residents (see photo #1). To inspire participation and help with education, we will also plant a small demonstration garden on the grounds of our original 1903 Carnegie library building (see photo #2). Our Seed Library will be the first of its kind in our area (we are aware of one other in the state of Wisconsin). We think this project will attract experiened gardeners as well as people who will be new to the rewards of growing their own high-quality produce. The project will also promote the importance of conserving and protecting America's diverse food seed heritage.

Where it's at:

230 Fourth Avenue
Baraboo, WI 53913
United States

Garden type:

library garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

families and children

Number of people reached:

18 000

What this project needs:

expert technical assistance
gardening books

Project leaders:

Robin Whyte, Development Director
Meg Allen, Library Director

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606