The Seed Library of Jefferson County is pleased to announce the Community Seed Project
. With this project we hope to improve genetic seed diversity, create a collection of seeds that are better adapted to the local climate and growing environment and inspire a network of gardeners and seed savers to share skills and resources.
Home gardeners usually grow vegetables in numbers too small to maintain the genetic stock of many varieties so we propose that our entire community grow 1 or 2 varieties, save our seed and combine at the end of the growing season. Over time this process has the potential to build local adaption in these seeds and strengthen our local food systems.
The Seed Library will provide resources and tutorials on line and via Zoom presentations to provide instruction on every phase of the growing and seed saving process.
We have chosen a locally developed corn called Sunfield Super Sweet Corn. To grow this corn, you will plant a minimum of 50 seeds, in a 10’ x 15’ growing area with full sun. This variety should be started in seed trays and transplanted into the garden.
We are also offering a locally grown bush shelling bean seed. This is an early and productive green bean that requires full sun and can be directly seeded in the ground. We ask you grow a minimum of 10 plants for harvesting and seed saving. We will provide you with extra seed for personal consumption