TAG: urban farming

Take and Give: Seed Library

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on November 2, 2018 at 6:00 am

Bring your green thumb (and your saved seeds) to any of our five seed library locations! The idea is simple: you borrow from a selection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds at any time during the year, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to harvest, collect some seeds to […]

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Spotlight on seed libraries: Fall harvest and garden cleanup

Posted in News on August 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

Gardeners, if you’ve got zucchinis and cucumbers galore, bring them by one of our seed libraries to swap! Also as you start saving seeds for next year’s planting, please don’t forget to bring some back to our seed libraries. Let’s keep the seed borrowing program going for years to come. Now that you’ve harvested some […]

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The art of saving seeds

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 31, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole In a remote vault located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, nearly one million seed varieties are stored. The purpose of this immense storage facility is to ensure the genetic future of these seed varieties, should any of the gene banks located around the world suffer catastrophic disaster. One hundred […]

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Anticipation and inspiration: Getting ready for spring gardening

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 27, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole It’s nearly Go Time, my gardening friends! We’ve almost made it through the winter, through the snow and the ice, through the below-freezing temperatures. We have watched last summer’s plants freeze and die back, disappear under a blanket of snow, and get stomped on (along with other indecencies) by neighborhood cats. We […]

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Master Gardeners share the dirt: From butterflies to herb gardens

Posted in News on January 24, 2018 at 6:00 am

In preparation for spring planting season, we have partnered with Master Gardeners from the Washington State University Master Gardener Program for workshops focused growing with garden starters, gardening in containers, herb gardening, gardens that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and more. Get the know-how to make your garden flourish! UPCOM […]

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Overabundance: What to do when the produce is piling up

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz This spring, I bought a house with a lovely little backyard. At the time, it was pretty hard to tell what was growing back there—just what looked like lots of promising looking twigs and buds. As spring warmed into summer, my vegetative bounty slowly revealed itself. Every new discovery was a delight […]

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Urban Farming & Food Preservation

Posted in News on September 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

This fall, local gardeners can find a lot to love at our 5 seed libraries: Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Medical Lake, and Otis Orchards. Master Gardener Steve Nokes shares how to save seeds from your garden so you can share them with other library customers and for your next round of planting. For those with […]

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New spaces and fresh updates at North Spokane Library

Posted in News on April 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

The hammering and sawing is done and the tools have been put away. We invite you to visit the North Spokane Library to see the remodel, including the expanded kids’ area, new meeting rooms, and our newest space: The Lab. THE LAB The Lab is devoted to engaging, hands-on learning opportunities. This space showcases local […]

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Community gardening: a delicious pursuit to feed the hungry and the soul

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge I met with Teresa Sadler of Pumpkin Patch Community Garden to talk about the garden and learn her take on gardening, especially as a community. Originally a pumpkin patch and then a parking lot and staging site for the construction company that built the bridge over the river, the community garden was […]

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Dirt-y pleasures: Seed libraries & urban farming classes

Posted in News 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 […]

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