By Rita Bober
The practice of saving seeds has been around for more than 12,000 years. Today ninety-four percent of vintage open-pollinated fruit and vegetable varieties have vanished. We are missing out on the exquisite tastes and smells of the enormous variety that these fruits and vegetables provide. This is one of the reasons that a local group has started a Seed Saving Library in their area. They also want to encourage community members to dig in and garden and to reconnect to the traditions of growing tasty, healthy food.
By starting a seed saving library in Lawton, we are helping to nurture a thriving community of gardeners and seed savers. Through our partnerships with the Lawton Community Garden, the Lawton Public Library, and the MSU Cooperative Extensions’ Master Gardeners, we will help, advise, and give instructions for anyone interested in participating. A seed saving workshop will take place in the fall to learn how to collect seeds. You will need to have a Lawton Library card to sign out any seeds.
The Seed Saving Library was initiated by Local Lawton, a part of the Transition Town Movement that is taking root in United States and around the world. It is a positive, non-confrontational approach to change. It searches for ways to build bridges and cultivate commonalities among people as they respond to increasing signs of climate change, the challenges of growing economic instability and issues of rapidly accelerating energy costs. In this movement, neighbors reconnect and build community relationships to solve problems on a local level and have some fun learning something new while doing so.
We meet on the first Sunday of the month at the Lawton Community Room, 125 S. Main St. (the same building at the Library and Clerk’s Office). We meet from 3-5 pm. For more information, contact Rita and Norm Bober at 624-5501 or P.J. and Maki Chmiel at 269-823-8847. We can also be found on Facebook under Local Lawton.