Watauga Seed Library Grand Opening and Open House, Apr. 1

Published Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the Watauga County Public Library are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Watauga County Seed Library! Located at 140 Queen Street in Boone, the Seed Library’s mission is to make free seed available to promote food security, build community resilience, and create a culture of sharing.

“The Seed Library will help keep our region’s plant biodiversity alive. Through workshops and hands-on demonstrations, we will work with community members to help them grow their own food. Most importantly, we will work together to form connections with all of our neighbors through sharing knowledge and seeds!” said Lindsey Giglio, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s Community of Gardens Coordinator.

Housed in repurposed card catalogs, the Watauga Seed Library offers free, open-pollinated seeds to community members who can take seed packets, grow and enjoy fresh vegetables from their gardens. Participants are also welcome to then save seeds from those plants, returning the seeds to the Seed Library.

“The Seed Library falls perfectly in line with our mission statement. We are excited to be hosting this resource and hope for it to be self-sustaining and continue for years to come. We appreciate the great support from Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.” said Monica Caruso, County Librarian.

Organized in the fall of 2016, this endeavor is a collaborative partnership between the Ashe County Public Library, the Watauga County Public Library, and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. It is supported by the Ashe and Watauga County Cooperative Extension Services. And, later this spring, we plan to launch the Ashe Seed Library at the Ashe County Public Library.

 

Grand Opening & Open House Details

Location: 140 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607

Date & Time: Saturday, April 1st from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Ribbon Cutting: 3:30 PM

More Information: by calling (828) 386-1537

This open house event will showcase our community’s latest effort to build a local food system. It will feature a tour of the Seed Library, a Ribbon Cutting, Hands-on Demonstrations, and tabling by area food systems organizations, like Blackburn Community Outreach, the Watauga County Beekeepers Association, the Watauga County Master Gardeners, High Country Local First, Village Vision, and more!

 

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is dedicated to strengthening the High Country’s local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture. We do this by providing opportunities for women farmers to share knowledge, hosting a Farm Tour, providing opportunities for consumers to learn about self-sufficiency and connecting everyone to our local agricultural heritage and landscape. Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture currently serves:Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Mitchell, Wilkes, Watauga, and Yancey Counties in North Carolina as well as Johnson County, Tennessee.

 

Watauga County Public Library is a part of the Appalachian Regional Library, which is a network of libraries across northwestern North Carolina, encompassing Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. The Appalachian Regional Library promotes knowledge, reading, and imagination; supports and encourages life­long learning; and contributes to the sense of community and the economic well­ being of Ashe, Wilkes, and Watauga Counties.

 

For more information about the Grand Opening of the Watauga County Seed Library or to get more involved, please contact Lindsey Giglio at [email protected] or (828) 386-1537.

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