Rodman Library is once again partnering with StarkFresh to bring a “Seed Library” to Alliance.
Beginning on Tuesday, March 1, vegetable and flower seeds will be displayed in the Library’s wooden card catalog located in the Library’s front lobby.
Patrons may browse through the catalog and take the free seed packets of items they are interested in growing. The seed packets offered are the same ones seen in most retail stores with corn, beans, peas, squash, herbs, beets, radishes, watermelon, lettuce, cucumbers, cantaloupe, gourds, a few root vegetables such as turnips, and a wide variety of flowers.
The free seeds will be available through May 31 while supplies last.
Mid-March planting will give patrons ample time to start their seeds indoors.
Since 2015, StarkFresh has distributed 345,206 free seed packets — worth nearly $3 each, or more than $1million in total — to the people in and around Stark County.
The agency also offers a Mobile Market, also known as the “Veggie Mobile” for the Stark County Community; educates the community on how to grow, eat, cook and preserve fresh food; and forms partnerships with groups to teach vocational skills around farming that will create jobs and help increase produce.
Seed packets have been donated by Marc’s Grocery Stores, Canton City Public Health and Motts Greenhouse. For more information on the Seed Library, call Rodman Public Library at 330-821-2665, ext. 107.
To learn more about the StarkFresh organization, which is based in Canton, visit www.starkfresh.org.