Friday, June 21, 2024

Free seed library now available in Hampstead

L to R: Teri Ross, Karen Burkett, Kellyn Dwyer-Croop, and Jessi Neal near the new seed library at Pender County Library in Hampstead. (Courtesy photo)

PENDER COUNTY — Library card holders can now check out more than books at the brand in Hampstead.

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Thanks to a $1,000 grant from Pender County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, Topsail Township Friends of the Library will begin setting up the project, offering a variety of herb, vegetable and flower seeds. Patrons can “check out” up to five free seed packets.

After they plant the seeds and watch the crops grow, they’re encouraged to harvest the seeds at the end of the plant’s life and return them to the library. The idea is to keep the seed library stocked, encourage sustainability and fight food insecurity.

“A community becomes stronger when they have the knowledge and resources to feed themselves and beautify their home,” Karen Burkett, manager of the Hampstead library, branch said in a press release. “We are thrilled to receive this grant and establish this new service.”

A repurposed card catalog cabinet houses the packets, each featuring a hand-drawn label by Meg McGrew, owner of Elegant Envelopes in Wilmington, who donated her time and talent.

The seed library is open during regular library hours.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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