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APRIL 1-OCTOBER 31, 2023

Ashe Seed Library

In 2023, we celebrate the seventh year of operation for Ashe Seed Library, located on the upper level of Ashe County Public Library. The primary purpose of the seed library is to offer free, open-pollinated seeds to our community. Our mission is to grow and preserve seeds, stories, and foodways specific to Ashe County, Western North Carolina, and the Appalachian Region of the United States. In this spirit, we encourage folks to save seeds from these plants and either return some to the seed library or use them to continue to cultivate these special, regional varieties. 
In 2023, you may place an advance request for seeds using our virtual inventory and a simple online form, and our librarians will notify you by email when your seeds are ready for pickup on the upper level of Ashe County Public Library. Alternately, you can peruse a printed copy of the inventory at the library and request your seeds at the upstairs information desk. Please be advised that there may be a delay in retrieving your seeds if the librarian on duty is working with other library patrons.
View the inventory: Seed Inventory
Request seeds: Request Form
Ashe Seed Library is a partnership among Ashe County Public Library, NC Cooperative Extension-Ashe County CenterBlue Ridge Women in AgricultureASU's Sustainable Development Department, and our Ashe County community.
In 2023, we are grateful for donations of seeds from Seeds of Resilience Garden (ASU's SD Dept.), a generous patron who donated a substantial lot of Ferry-Morse and Bonnie Plants seeds, and community members who diligently saved and donated seeds. We look forward to adding seeds from NC Cooperative Extension-Ashe County Center (Ashe County Victory Garden) as soon as they are available. This year, we also purchased seeds from Seed Savers Exchange and Fedco Seeds, just a few of the seed companies helping to preserve open-pollinated and heirloom varieties.
All seeds are offered for educational purposes and may not meet germination or varietal purity standards prescribed by NC seed laws. Most seeds available in the seed library are open-pollinated (OP); hybrids (F1) are noted in the inventory whenever possible.