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April 16, 2013 > Seed Read

Seed Read

Submitted By Sean Reinhart

Hayward Public Library unveiled its Seed Lending Library on April 13 at the Downtown Main Library. The "Hayward Seed Lending Library" will operate as a community seed exchange in which borrowers will be able to "check out" a wide variety of flower and vegetable seeds to plant in their gardens for home use. Seed library borrowers will also learn how to harvest seeds from the fully grown plants to return to the seed exchange.

That event marked the beginning of a four-week "Seed Read" Book-to-Action program to promote literacy, healthy living, sustainable gardening and access to locally grown fresh produce. The event will include exercise classes, information presented by local health agencies, book discussions and live readings and family entertainment. To help encourage our community to grow and consume wholesome food, not only will the Seed Lending Library continue, but Seed Read will feature The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray, and children's book Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert.

Seeds planted in biodegradable pots at the "plant-a-thon" on April 13 are being cared for and germinated on the rooftop of the Main Library. On May 11, community members will return to the library to take home their seedlings to plant in their gardens. In the Fall, the library will offer a series of workshops and demonstrations showing how to save seeds from the fully grown and harvested plants, thus completing the cycle, and returning the "borrowed" seeds to the Library.

For more information about the Hayward Seed Lending Library, call (510) 293-8685 or visit the library director's blog:

FREE Seed Read activities:

Garden Workshop
Wednesday, Apr 24
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Learn how to save and plant seeds and grow your own vegetables
Hayward Main Library
835 C Street, Hayward

Building Healthy Families!
Saturday, Apr 20
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tools and recipes for improving your family's health
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Hayward

Book Discussion: The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray
Monday, Apr 22
6:30 p.m.
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Hayward

Meet Award-winning Author Janisse Ray via Skype
Saturday, Apr 27
2 p.m.
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Hayward

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