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It's with great pride that I announce the Seed Library at the McCowan Memorial Library in Pitman, New Jersey will go live on February 22, 2014. I want to thank Sharon Furgason, the Director of the library for her enthusiasm and passion. Sharon's always looking for ways to benefit her library and the community. She also understands how important seeds are to preserving biodiversity. When I asked Sharon if she would be interested in doing this, she answered without hesitation with an unqualified yes. She's an asset to the library, and the community, and I'm proud to call her my friend too.

We are working on a listening event with the community during the first week of February. In September of 2013, we had a soft launch at a book sale during a craft show. I got some great feedback from the community at that time, and since the Seed Library will serve the community, the community should have input into it. Community building is so important, and seed saving offers an opportunity for that. We're meeting with the Garden Club, the county Mater Gardeners, members of the library, and invitations are going out the teacher who is facilitating the art contest, the leadership of the local VFW post, and the local food bank.

Another acknowledgment I'm happy to make is to Alexandra Barilotti, the art teach who is facilitating the art contest we're having for the packaging for the Seed Library. The people who check out their seeds will leave the library with a standard letter envelope. The envelope will contain the seeds they checked out, return envelopes for the seeds they collect, and letter with some basic instructions. The art on the outside of the standard letter envelope, and on the letter inside will be the winner of the art contest. The art contest was Alexandra's idea, and I loved it from the moment she suggested it. She's been great to work with, her students and her school are fortunate to have her. The art work will be on display in the library when the Seed Library launches, and the library community will vote on it to determine what they feel best represents their community. Until a winner is picked, and the envelopes printed, we will use plain white envelopes and paper.

Another thank you the Garden Club for hosting the community meeting. I look forward to working with them.

That's it for now. There's been some interesting developments on the Historic Seed Map with a creative writing class I'm working with, which I'll be writing about soon. Great things are happening here, and I'm grateful to everyone helping me. It inspires me to continue this work.



Hello and welcome!

Thanks for stopping by the McCowan Memorial Library today, and for your interest in our program. The Library Seed Bank (LSB) is very excited and grateful the McCowan Memorial Library is so supportive of this new and innovative program.

The program will launch in early 2014. Please Like the McCowan Library's Facebook page for updates, or leave a comment on this post. To comment, you need to leave an email address which is not public. I will not sell it or use it for any other purpose except to inform you of the launch.

LSB is very excited about the New Jersey Heirloom Tomato Seed Collection that will be part of the Seed Library at McCowan, along with some other local, historic varieties.

Another thing we're excited about here at LSB is the The Garden Journal that will be launched with the Seed Library. The journal will be a pdf form that you can record you gardening experiences for your records, and if you choose to, submit them as part of the research connected to Historic Seed Map. With climate change upon us, a lot of the old rules might not apply going forward, and it would help capture any changes in phenology, which according to;

1. The scientific study of periodic biological phenomena, such as flowering, breeding, and migration, in relation to climatic conditions.

This journal could help demonstrate the impact of climate change. Henri David Thoreau was a keen observer of nature, and is a primary source of inspiration for LSB. This journal is a tribute to him.

Check in with us on Sunday for updates about the progress of things here at LSB. The ground's been tilled, and the soil is fertile. Join us and help us grow.