Not sure what a Seed Bank is? Well, it is like a library for SEEDS, instead of books.
- You can “check out” seeds that you take home and plant.
- You can “check in” extra seeds you have left over from packets you’ve bought, or even ones you’ve harvested from your own garden.
The WSU Extension Master Gardeners, in conjunction with the Washougal branch of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and many volunteers, have set up the first seed bank in Southwest Washington!
The seed library is being stocked right now with lavender, parsley and other heirloom herbs, vegetables and flowers. Area residents can check out several packets of seeds at no charge.
Seven raised garden beds are being planted to grow and harvest seeds to go back into the library. The actual seed library is INSIDE the Washougal branch of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library at 1661 “C” St., Washougal, WA 98671.
Want to help? Seeds you’d like to grow?
Have seeds you’d like to donate?
Here is a response from Rachael Ries, Washougal Community Library Branch Manager:
“Rachael Ries: Hello, I’m the Librarian at Washougal Community Library. Yes, we will take donations! We actually depend on donations to keep the Seed Library going. We are hoping to stock heirloom seeds, however, we won’t reject seeds that are not heirloom. When folks donate, please give as much information as you can such as Common Name, Variety, when harvested, days to harvest. Everything else is bonus. If you know it’s a hybrid, Heirloom, Native, you could let us know that also. Please contact the library at 360-906-4860 or you can email with questions to email@example.com. Thank you!”
Come and check it out!
For more information, check out the article in the Camas-Washougal, Washington, Post-Record: http://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2018/mar/08/check-out-that-garden/
Seed Library Grand Opening
[Image: WSU Master Gardener website & Ft. Vancouver Regional Library]