LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

With Spring fast approaching, the La Crosse seed library is once again in full swing.

The program, put on by the La Crosse Public Library, allows people to check out a packet of seeds with their library card.  People then grow the seeds into a plant then return the new seeds back to the library to be check out by someone else.

Saturday the library held a workshop by a local herbalist to talk about the importance of keeping a variety of wild plants and plants for eating.  "I can't believe the number of people that are interested in gardening that have been gardeners for years, and now we can get them to save seeds and give them back to the community year after year," said Cindy Mischnick who helps organize the seed library.

Last year the library checked out between 600 and 700 packets of seeds and got back about 45%.