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The Farm at Prophetstown introduces new seed library

The Farm at Prophetstown is introducing an Heirloom Seed Library to promote community health. Community Members were welcomed in to browse for seeds of all varieties and uses.

Posted: Feb 10, 2018 8:09 PM
Updated: Feb 10, 2018 11:33 PM

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI)—The Farm at Prophetstown is introducing a Heirloom Seed Library to promote community health. Community members were welcomed in to browse for seeds of all varieties and uses. Leslie Martin Conwell said events like these have had a positive impact. 

"The response from the community has just been overwhelming and it's also telling us that we're helping to meet our mission here... sustainability and better health and eating for families."

Diana Sullivan said events like these keep her busy until warmer weather rolls around.

"Keep our minds occupied and our little fingers busy over the winter."

It's something Conwell said helps bring families together.

"Family memories, you're saving heirloom varieties, and you're also saving good taste."

Some of the seeds at the bank are of a rare variety, which excited those ready to start their gardens in the spring.

"It's just exciting to see the old varieties and to be carried down through the generations, through the families."

Saturday's event even brought friends together looking to take a new and interesting step in life.
Carla Barnhart and Patti Cauble have taken courses dealing with seeds before and were impressed with the turnout.

"When we were younger we both did that and it was kind of a refresher course but there were a lot of young people here and that was good to see," said Barnhart. 
"That was a surprise because I thought there would be all old ladies there and it really wasn't it was young people and we were the old ones," said Cauble. 

Seeds were donated to the library by the Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and from Purdue University.

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