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A Hidden Gem: Seed Lending Library in Oxford, Mississippi

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A hidden gem in Oxford, Mississippi is the Seed Lending Library. Started two years ago, the Seed Lending Library is located just inside the front doors at the Lafayette County/Oxford Public Library on Bramlett Boulevard.

A patron brought an article to Head Librarian, Laurabeth Walker, one day about how libraries around the country were starting seed lending programs. The idea took root and the Oxford Seed Lending Library was started. With a small group of volunteers, requests for donations were made to large seed companies to get the collection started. Many boxes of seeds were donated including vegetables, herbs, ornamentals and flowers.

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Grouped by type and alphabetized, the seeds are easy to browse through. Once you make your selection, simply take the packets to the circulation desk to check them out. There is no return date but the library does ask that anyone taking seeds to save seeds from their harvesting later in the year and donate them back to the library.

The library also takes donations year round from anyone so if you have extra seeds that you don’t need, consider dropping them off at the circulation desk for the staff to log in.

The Seed Lending Library won’t lend, nor take as a donation, just any kind of seed. It is important to note that it only carries Heirloom, Organic and non-GMO seeds. This is to ensure the purest and healthiest seeds available to local gardeners.

Don’t be spooked by the expiration date stamped on the packet. Seeds can sit in a warehouse for a while before being sent to stores and they’ll still be good. Regardless, not all seeds will germinate so an older packet may simply have a lower percentage of seeds that will germinate, but you will get enough for your garden.

For more information, stop by the Lafayette County/Oxford Public Library.


Saunders_EileenEileen Saunders is a HottyToddy.com contributor who writes on curb appeal, gardening and real estate. Eileen is a REALTOR in the Oxford office of Tommy Morgan Inc., REALTORS. You can also find her offering gardening workshops at the Lafayette Oxford Public Library. Contact Eileen at eileen@tmhomes.com or call her at (662) 404-0816. For more home tips, follow her Facebook page.

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