Chattanooga Public Library encouraging plant enthusiasts with free seed exchange

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The Chattanooga Public Library is not only planting members of the community with opportunities to check out books, but now library card members will now have the opportunity to check out seed packets.

The seed exchange program is a new initiative where members can check out packets of vegetable, fruit and flower seeds for free.

Residents can now check out and keep up to five seed packets at a time, just by visiting the first floor of the downtown branch.

Although these packets do not have to be returned, the library encourages users to learn proper seed saving techniques so that some can be donated back into the collection.

“This is a great opportunity to give people some of the tools they need to grow their own food and start the conversation about ecosystem and nutrition literacy,” said Head Librarian Jaclyn Anderson.

The program is made possible through generous donations from several local farms, including Feathers & Fruit, Wheeler’s Orchard, and Crabtree Farms. Individuals also donated seeds harvested from their personal gardens.

“Seed saving is an opportunity to bring generations and demographics together who share a passion for regenerating their land,” said Jessie Gantt-Temple with Feathers & Fruit. “It's the small steps that create the largest imprint.”

For more information, you can call the downtown library at (423) 643-7740 or visit the library at 1001 Broad Street.

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