Gwinn Seed Library

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

Plant Swap

May 28th, Peter Nordeen Park Pavilion

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bring plants to share with others!

Don’t have any plants to share? Stick around until the end. There just might be some extra plants for you.

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

  • May 10, 6 p.m. Forsyth Township ClubhouseSoil basics and container gardening.
    • In this workshop, people will be introduced to the concept of what is soil? What grows good starters? What soil do I need for indoor versus outdoor growing? How wet should a soil be? How do I get a rich soil? How much fertilizer should I use?
    • Each participant will receive handouts for furthering their work with soil, compost and planting guidance.
  • June 2, 6 p.m. Forsyth Township ClubhouseHow much space do I need between neighboring plants? A planting guide and hands-on will take place.
    • Growers will learn about companion planting, seed starts to spacing, crop rotation to keep a soil as viable as possible for years of use. Handouts will be provided.
  • July 12, 6 p.m. Forsyth Township ClubhouseIs your garden bugging you? What to do about pests!
    • Garden pests can be a problem. How do are they avoided? How are they stopped? Do I need chemicals to treat bugs? Samples, suggestions, and handouts will be provided.
  • September 15, 6 p.m. Forsyth Township ClubhouseThe harvest, all that work and I finally get to eat!
    • This is a workshop for those interested in preparing, eating, canning, dehydrating foods that are harvested. Save the seeds!
  • October 4, 6 p.m. Forsyth Township ClubhouseSeed saving, There is a future and it’s in your hands!
    • Seed saving is critical to the sustaining of the Gwinn Seed Library as well as food crops that are slowly going away. Over 90% of seed types globally are no longer available. It’s extremely important we do our best to save seeds. In this workshop, We’ll learn how to save seeds, store them properly and reuse them in the next season . . . and donate back to the Gwinn Seed Library!

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

Forsyth Township Public Library