Powder River members open Seed Library

This month, Powder River Basin Resource Council members teamed up with the Sheridan County Extension to open a new Seed Library in Sheridan County, Wyoming.

According to the Sheridan Press:

“The Sheridan County Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds that community members can borrow from to plant and grow at home. Borrowing seeds from the seed library is free. Individuals are welcome to checkout up to five seed packets per month, while organizations, nonprofits and schools may checkout up to 20 seed packets per month.”

PRBRC member and farmer John Buyok, who helped organize the Seed Library, told the Sheridan Press:

“While the primary goal of the seed library is to get more Sheridan County residents interested in gardening, with luck and perseverance, we can build a seed bank that is specifically adapted to Sheridan County conditions.”

With a short growing season in Wyoming, the Seed Library carries seeds collected from the local climate that are better adapted to survive it.

PRBRC members and volunteers collected and repackaged seeds for the library. Seeds are loaned out and, after harvest, the seed borrower saves seeds and returns an equal or greater amount of seeds to the library for the next growing season.

The seed library is located at the Sheridan County Extension Office in the Watt Agricultural Building at 3401 Coffeen Ave. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sheridan County Seed Library is the third to open in the state.

For more information, contact PRBRC organizer Megan Taylor.