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Seed Library opens at La Crosse Public Library

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- - A new kind of service will now be growing in the La Crosse Public Library.

It's called "The Seed Library."

On Saturday staff held an open house to announce the start of the program.

To participate, people sign up and receive a couple different packets of seeds.

Then they are instructed on how to plant them.

Once the plants grow, people bring in a few seeds and put them back in the library.

"We are going to catalog them by genus and species eventually and have a catalog in a public area but that will be the second step. It's not hard to do but we need people that are committed to come in today and check out the seeds and come back and get them," said La Crosse Public Library Librarian Cindy Mischnick.


The seeds to get the program up and running are going to be supplied by "Seed Savers."

It's the third largest seed bank in the world and located just about an hour away in Decorah, Iowa.

The exchange's co-founder says she's happy to help plant a new program in La Crosse.

"It's a perfect storm for us because people are now wanting and appreciating the variety of seed and that's what we've been doing for 37 years is saving and collecting and distributing is the great part of it, keeping it alive," said Seed Savers Co-founder Diane Ott Whealy.

The library will hold its first seed orientation next Saturday.

Staff say you do have to call ahead of time in order to sign up to be part of the program.

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