Alberni library launches seed lending program

A launch for the seed lending library takes place Wednesday (Feb. 4) from 2–4 p.m.

Maggie Hodge-Kwan

Take a seed, give a seed—that’s the premise behind the new seed lending library at the Port Alberni library.

“You borrow some seeds, you grow them out and harvest the seeds and you return fresh seeds to the library for the next year,” said Alberni Valley Transition Town Society (AVTTS)member Charles Thomas.

The seed library is happening thanks to a partnership between the library and Transition Town with grant money from Island Health (VIHA).

Transition Town has ties to VIHA through their food hub initiative, an effort by VIHA to support food security planning in various communities. The society is currently in the process of setting one up in the Alberni Valley and has grant money from VIHA for the project.

“It’s trying to maintain seed lines and develop a mechanism for maintaining seed lines within the community so we always have seeds,” said Thomas.

In 2012, Helene Dufour, VIHA’s community’s nutritionist sent Maggie Hodge Kwan, children and youth customer services librarian at the library, an e-mail about a seed lending library in a different community.

Hodge Kwan took the idea to AVTTS.

“I talked about it, there was some enthusiasm and so we got started,” Hodge Kwan said.

The key to getting the seed lending library off the ground was securing enough seeds.

“Quite a few of the ones we have are from local farmers and gardeners but we’ve had donations as well from companies like Saltspring Seeds, Westcoast Seeds and Acre Creek Heirloom Seeds,” said Hodge Kwan. “We’ve got a nice wide variety of different kinds of vegetables and we’re ready to have the public consume them.”

The seeds are free to the public and work on an honour system. Take what you need and return what you can to help keep the seed lending library going. All you need is a library card.

The seed lending library is hosting a launch at the library in Echo Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 2-4 p.m.

Just Posted

Port Alberni ‘a safe place to be’ despite crime rate, says RCMP

Criminal offences up in Port Alberni for the first quarter of 2019

Portal Players production touches on residential schools

Sisters chronicles a convent-run residential school in Canada

San Group ups plans for mill, remanufacturing plant in Port Alberni

Company moves new mill site after public input

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Island tenor prepares for upcoming concert tour of Let Me Be Frank!

VIDEO: Alberni Valley celebrates Easter weekend

Port Alberni children enjoy Easter egg hunts and spring activities

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

Most Read