Gwinn Seed Library

Fresh organic vegetables you can grow in Gwinn
Fresh organic vegetables you can grow in Gwinn

The Gwinn Seed Library is housed in the Forsyth Township Public Library and is a free service to all in our community. We feature as many UP Smart™ seeds along with others that are non-gmo, organic and some hybrid that meet our standards.

Over 17,000 seeds will be going into the 2024 seed library.

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.

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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

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How do I participate?

Anyone can come into the Forsyth Township Public Library and search through the seed offerings. In 2024, we are asking people to only take 10 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!

2024 Workshop Offerings – all workshops are free and open to the public

April 6th, 1:00 p.m. Soil, Gwinn Community Church Back by popular demand, we will discuss soil basics, updates on new soil research for gardeners and work through building starter soils, bio-fertilizers and soil amendments. This is an open workshop with something for all levels of gardening. Samples will be provided. Presenter- Steve Finley

April 20th, 1:00 p.m., Companion Planting & Diversity, Gwinn Community Church Increase your gardening success and safety by eliminating toxic synthetic herbicides and pesticides. Grow your own safe pest deterrents for deer, rabbit and insects/mites. Companion planting is used in container gardening, vegetable plots, plant guilds, orchards and as in-sectary strips in field crops. Printed instructions, demo and samples provided. Presenter- Grace Aalto Rosenbaum

June 1st, 11:00 a.m., Plant Swap, Peter Nordeen Park, Gwinn This is an event for anyone who has plant starts to share. We will begin setup for all who brought plant starts at 10:45 a.m. in the pavilion by the Veterans Memorial. All who have plants will be allowed to browse first. Any attendee who didn't bring plants for swapping will be allowed to get some after 11:30 a.m. Volunteer and you can participate with those who brought plants! Email  gwinnseedlibrary@gmail.com with questions.

The Gwinn Community Church is located at 85 N. Pine Street, Gwinn across from Peter Nordeen Park.

 

 

 

 

The Gwinn Seed Library has been supported by MANY generous individuals and several businesses in the area. Client numbers are growing by 15%. 2500 seed packets were filled in 2023.

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