Castlegar Library a conduit for better agriculture as well as literature

Program can help local gardeners get better productivity from their plots

Access to a variety of seeds is as important to the local gardener as it is to large scale farmers

Access to a variety of seeds is as important to the local gardener as it is to large scale farmers

As the gardening season fast approaches, regional seeds are in reach of gardeners in the West Kootenays through the Castlegar Seed Library Project, a pilot program sprouting this spring at the Castlegar Library.

Members of the community will soon be able to check out seeds just like one checks out a book, for free. The Castlegar Seed Library aims to develop seed breeders and a bank of regionally acclimated, local seed. Growers can take, grow, save, and at the end of season, return seeds back to the library.

The initiative is being run in partnership between the Castlegar & District Public Library, Columbia Basin Trust, Area I of the RDCK, and The FOODTREE Permaculture.

Sign up as a grower, or donate seeds! Info is available online at: www.facebook.com/castlegarseedlibrary and donations are beings received now – March 15, 2014 at the Castlegar & District Public Library (1005, 3rd. Street Castlegar).