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Duluth Public Library Lends Seeds Along with Books

Updated: 02/22/2014 10:19 PM
Created: 02/22/2014 9:55 PM WDIO.com

The Duluth Public Library cut the ribbon on a new kind of lending program on Saturday. Instead of handing out books, they'll be distributing seeds.

"It will be a little similar to checking out a book," said Library Manager Carla Powers. "We won't charge you an overdue fine if your crops fail."

The Duluth Seed Library is a partnership between the Duluth Public Library, the Institute for a Sustainable Future, the Duluth Community Garden Program and the St. Louis County Master Gardeners.

They will give seeds to anyone who wants them. The only requirement is thatgardeners save some of the seeds from the plants they grow, and return them in the fall.

"We see seed as a community resource, something that belongs to all of us in the community," Powers said. "And so this helps make sure that we're growing seed stock that works well in our short summers and that everyone has access to it. That it's not controlled by an individual or a company but by the community as a whole."

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