Gwinn Seed Library

Gwinn Basket of Food
Fresh organic vegetables you can grow in Gwinn

Wanted!

Are you a practicing seed collector? Please contact us now. We have some rare, heirloom and organic seeds in limited quantities for planting this season in hopes of seed collection for 2023. Saving seeds allows us to grow seed quantities for the seed library in 2023. If you are new to seed saving but want to participate, contact us! gwinnseedlibrary@gmail.com – thank you!

What is a seed library?

It is a diverse offering of food crop seeds, some you may find locally, others are more unique to rare, but all are great for growing in this region referred to as ‘short season ready’. A seed library is a ‘seed bank’ that provides quality seeds donated by active growers in the area and from notable seed companies in the U.S.

The idea of a seed library in Gwinn came from volunteering with the Queen City Seed Library in Marquette. They have over 200 people using the seed library. QCSL and Transition Marquette Country have hosted a number of events for participants. The seed library in Marquette is becoming self-sustaining as more people learn how to save seeds and give back to the seed library.

One of our goals for the Gwinn Seed Library is to teach participants (and any other person wanting to attend) how to harvest and store seeds from the food you grow. Ultimately, to be able to ‘check back in’ seeds to sustain the Gwinn Seed Library! Seed saving is an amazing way to learn more about growing.

Forsyth Township Public Library is an excellent location, a hub to a greater community that will benefit from daily access to seed types that are focused on short season growth in the U.P.

Questions? Information desired? gwinnseedlibrary@gmail.com

How do I participate?

Anyone can come into the Forsyth Township Public Library and search through the seed offerings. In 2022, we are asking people to only take 6 packets per month. Two reasons; (a) we really don’t know how many people will use the seed library and do not want to run out of seed inventory and, (b) it’s good to start repeat plantings of seeds to provide longer harvests staggered over months, providing multiple fresh pickings longer!

Workshop Offerings – all workshops are free and open to the public

Stay tuned for workshops in 2023!

The Gwinn Seed Library has been assisted by Transition Marquette County, Queen City Seed Library and LGKI – Let’s Grow K I Sawyer. We sincerely thank them for their support in helping launch this undertaking.

We are in need of volunteers to work directly with the seed library, manage use of the library and be a participant in our growth to and within the greater Gwinn community. No experience required! gwinnseedlibrary@gmail.com to let us know! Email is checked every day so expect a response within 2 days. Would love to hear from you!

GROW WELL!

From the folks at Gwinn Seed Library in the

Forsyth Township Public Library