GARFIELD, N.J. – A pair of libraries in Bergen and Passaic counties are lending people more than just books and DVDs.
Both the Garfield Public Library and the West Milford Township Library have joined in the trend of lending out seeds.
“Seed lending gives people the opportunity to transform their lives and communities by providing them seeds and the information they need to grow and save them,” said Denise Monesteri, leader of the Garfield 4-H Garden Club, which partnered with the city library on the project. “Because there is no charge for seeds, gardening is more affordable for those with a limited income.”
Here is how it works: People borrow vegetable or flower seeds from the library for free, then plant the seeds to grow their food and flowers. Once the goods have been harvested, people return seeds at the end of the season.
“Returning some seeds from your harvests makes the library self-sustaining,” Monesteri said.