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Durham County Library Hosts Seed Saving Workshops

Program: Seed Saving Workshops
Dates/Times/Locations: Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m.; South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave. (registration required), Saturday, April 12, 3 p.m.; Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.; Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library is offering workshops on how to save seeds in preparation for the grand opening of the Digging Durham Seed Library, a seed ‘checkout’ program for local gardeners. The workshops will be held at three library locations: 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.; 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.; and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Registration is required for the April 6 workshop at South Regional Library; patrons may just drop in for the Southwest Regional and Main Library workshops.

The Digging Durham Seed Library, which launches officially on April 23, will allow patrons to “check out” seed packets at three library locations. After the growing season concludes, patrons will save and return some of the seeds from their plants to help replenish the library’s seed supply. All patrons interested in seed saving are encouraged to come to one of the workshops.

“Why save seeds?” asked Joanne Abel, adult and humanities programming coordinator. “Because by sharing seeds in our community, we develop seed stock that is well suited to Durham’s climate, boost local biodiversity and help citizens save money. A seed library supports and promotes local interest in environmental sustainability efforts and sustainable food sources.”

The instructors for the workshops are Sara Smith, Master Gardener with Durham County Extension Master Gardeners, NC Cooperative Extension, at South Regional Library; Lee Barnes, Ph.D., Environmental Horticulture, at Southwest Regional Library; and Hilary Nichols, Horticulturist and Garden Manager at SEEDS, at Main Library.

For more information about the seed library, contact Joanne Abel at (919) 560-0268 or visit or

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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