County seed-sharing program launches

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Dennis Hines | March 4, 2014

EAST TROY -- Even though the winter air remains cold and snow is still on the ground, it's not too early to think about spring planting.

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That's exactly what the East Troy Lions Public Library is doing. The library is a partner location for the Walworth County Seed Library program.

“People can come to the library to check out some seeds,” said Alison Senkevitch, director of the East Troy Lions Public Library. “Hopefully, we will get a good collection and hopefully people will donate more seeds in the fall to help people prepare for next year's crop.”

The library plans to obtain seeds for flowers, herbs and vegetables.

“We want to get seeds that are interesting or that can grow into heirlooms,” Senkevitch said. “We want something that will help the novice gardener.”

The library also plans to host special events and guest speakers related to agriculture and gardening. The first event is tentatively scheduled for early April and will feature Christine Wen, horticulture educator for the Walworth County University of Wisconsin Extension, as the guest speaker.

“We are planning to arrange events to help people get interested in gardening,” Senkevitch said. “We will use the (April ) event as a launching pad to help people become familiar with the program.”

The seed library program will benefit beginning gardeners and will encourage people to grow different types of produce in their gardens, Wen said.

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