Seed Library launched this week and ends with buffet

Lancaster Guardian columnist, Anna Clayton.
Lancaster Guardian columnist, Anna Clayton.

This week Dennis Touliatos announces the official launch date of Lancaster’s seed library, and discusses what the launch will involve.

“Lancaster’s new Seed Library is launching on Saturday, June 6 at 10.30am in the Lancaster Central Library.

“The launch will introduce the Seed Library project at 10.45am, and will explain how the library will work through a number of interactive and tasty activities.

At 11.15am Dr Becky Whittle, a local food researcher at Lancaster University, will place the project within the ‘bigger foodie picture’ and will introduce the short documentary ‘Seeds of Freedom.’

“The launch will end with a buffet of local tasty delicacies from Filbert’s Bakery, followed by children’s activities such as storytelling, plant pot making, and pollinator-friendly seed bomb making.

“And finally, the first seeds will be placed in the Seed Library cabinet.”

“The launch will mark the start of many years of saving and sharing vegetable and flower seeds in Lancaster.

“The library will hopefully become a great local resource, open to the Lancaster community, making free seed available to anyone who wants to grow food or flowers in their own garden or allotment.

“Furthermore, it is our goal to re-skill local people in the neglected but very exciting art of seed saving.

“The six core volunteers of the Seed Library project have been preparing the project and the launch event for the last four months, researching how to make it work best for everyone.

“They are also being trained at Orsdall Hall gardens in the skill of seed saving and will be running free biannual workshops to share what they learn with the residents of Lancaster.

“The Seed Library volunteers will be available at the launch event, and throughout the lifetime of the Seed Library, to give advice and help you with seed saving.

“We hope for the library to act as a hub around which local growers and community groups can meet and swap seeds as well as ideas, challenges and dreams.

“The Seed Library is a joint effort of Transition City Lancaster and Incredible Edible Lancaster and is funded by the Heritage Lottery 
fund.

“In addition to the seed library cabinet in Lancaster’s Central library, we also plan to establish raised beds for bulking up seeds and running workshops at Claver Hill community farm.

“So why don’t you pop into Lancaster’s Central library- located just of the Market Square – on Saturday the June 6 to find out more about Lancaster’s Seed Library?

“All are very welcome.”