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Seed exchange program brings smiles

A new community garden starter kit and seed exchange program is now up and running at the county’s local library.
The program is sponsored by the Colleton County Memorial Library in Walterboro and operates on donations made by Colleton residents.
The entire program is designed to help budding gardeners have access to new seeds that they may need to start their own gardens. It is a sharing program where Colleton residents can take what they need, and, in turn, give other unwanted seeds, to residents. It is called a Seed Library, and it is free to anyone who wants to participate.
The entire goal is meant to help those who may not have financial woes that limit their access to fresh vegetables and fruits, or that may prevent them from starting their own garden.
According to information provided by Colleton County Memorial Library Reference Librarian Vicki C. Brown, the program is free.
“We will be accepting and giving away free seeds for gardens,” said Brown, in a previous statement. “This is a wonderful opportunity for budding gardeners and low income families to begin a garden at no cost.”
Cottageville resident Allyson Leah Scott attended the program’s launch party, which was held at the library on Saturday.
Scott, 8, recently won the county’s 4-H Small Garden Project Award for 2018. Because of her win, leaders with the local library asked her to participate in the library’s new seed catalog project. She will volunteer with the program throughout the year, and was at the library for the project’s kick off on Saturday.
Additionally, she donated a basket of vegetables. “She wanted to show that gardening brings good things to those who wait,” said Allyson’s mother, April Scott.
April Scott says her daughter has already planted her own spring garden, but those vegetables aren’t quite ready. “She believes in local produce, and in doing things yourself,” April Scott said, of her daughter.
In addition to Scott providing a basket of veggies for a random raffle winner, the launch party also consisted of guest speakers from the Garden Club and from the Farmer’s Market.
The program already has seeds and saplings ready to be swapped.
Here is how the program works: Anyone can bring their own leftover seeds to the library and drop them in a labeled basket. Program leaders ask that the seeds are labeled.
Then, you can look through other storage drawers and take what seeds you want for your own garden. It’s a seed swap.
For more information on the program, call Vicki C. Brown at the Colleton County Memorial Library at 843-549-5621. The library is located at 600 Hampton Street in Walterboro.

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