Hartland Community Connections Breakfast

On a freezing, snow-covered Saturday morning in early January, the Hartland Community Connections breakfast brought Hartland residents together to talk about seeds and the proposed Hartland Seed Library

The goal of the Seed Library, initiated by Hartland Library’s Director, Amy Wisehart, is to support and encourage seed saving efforts in the Hartland community.

Response from breakfast attendees was enthusiastic with lots of questions and suggestions. There was  hope that middle-school students would be involved. Many asked for workshops on building healthy soils. Both Brian Stoffolino (Oak Wood Farm, N. Hartland) and Jaxson Morgan, Hartland Community Connections Director) suggested a harvest potluck for sharing experiences, threshing seeds, and further building this community of seed savers. Hartland seed-saver Sylvia Davatz recommended the book “Seed to Seed” as a great resource for those interested in saving seeds.

What a wonderful way to build community, increase local resilience . . . and re-use those outdated library card catalogs!

Hartland Seed Library

small_HPL_LOGOThe Hartland Seed Library is an initiative developed by the Hartland Public Library and local volunteers. The goal is to support and encourage seed saving efforts in the Hartland community. 

Vegetable seeds will be available to “check out” for the growing season. The first year will focus on open-pollinated lettuce, beans, peas, and tomatoes,  which are relatively easy for beginning seed savers. Participants will save seed from some of the crops they grow to return to the library at the end of the season. The Library will offer educational support, including pamphlets, books and workshops, to help beginning seed savers.

More info about the Hartland Public Library: www.hartlandlibraryvt.org