Dirt-y pleasures: Seed libraries & urban farming classes

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

All season long from seedlings to harvest, Spokane County Library District is here to support local gardeners. We have programs for everyone, from the seasoned green thumb exploring new techniques to parents looking to get kids excited about the messy and educational fun of gardening.

THE SEED LIBRARIES

A seed library works like this: you borrow from a selection of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds available in our seed libraries, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to harvest, let a plant or two go to seed, collect the seeds, and bring some back to the library for other gardeners to enjoy.

Spokane County Library District has five seed library locations:

CHENEY
DEER PARK
FAIRFIELD
MEDICAL LAKE
OTIS ORCHARDS

URBAN FARMING PROGRAMS

This May through August, we’re offering programs for beginning and adventurous gardeners alike. Along with picking up some seeds packets at our seed libraries, you can exchange plant starts, learn about container herb gardens, explore vermiculture composting (worms!), and more. Once your bounty has come in, participate in produce swaps!

Here’s the full line-up of programs this growing season:

Vermiculture Composting
THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Thursday, May 4, 7–8pm

FAIRFIELD
Saturday, Jun 3, 3–4pm

Plant Starter Exchange
FAIRFIELD
Saturday, May 6, 10am–5pm

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Saturday, May 6, 1–5pm

3 Sisters Native American Gardens
MORAN PRAIRIE
Sunday, May 21, 2–3pm

Container Herb Gardens
Registration required.
THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Thursday, May 25, 7–8pm

Flag Day Pumpkin Planting
FAIRFIELD
Saturday, Jun 10, 1–3pm

August Produce Swaps
Produce swaps continue through September.
MEDICAL LAKE
Wednesdays, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 1–5pm

FAIRFIELD
Tuesdays, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10am–2pm

CHENEY
Tuesdays, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 1–5pm

OTIS ORCHARDS
Saturdays, Aug 5, 12, 19, & 26, 10am–4pm

DEER PARK
Sundays, Aug 6, 13, 20, & 27, 1–5pm

Take a peek at gardening books on this SelectReads book list, and for eBooks, check out our Seedy Delight: Inspiration for Gardeners collection on OverDrive.

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