The Door County Seed Library is looking for at least 25 seed stewards to participate in the 2023 Seed Steward Program to help them preserve Ken Paschke beans. In this program, volunteers will grow out these seeds, save them, and donate a portion back to the seed library. This program helps the seed library to maintain the Ken Paschke bean variety, which is a Door County original.
Ongoing through June 1.
Saturday, April 22
10 am – 4 pm
Kress Pavilion, Egg Harbor
Stop by our table to learn beginning and advanced seed saving techniques. You can also pick up free seed packets for your garden!
Sunday, April 23, 1 -3 PM
Stop by our table at the Earth Day Festival to pick up free native seed packets. The festival also features wetland walks, tree planting with The Big Plant, demonstrations, citizen science, and other family-fun activities.
Saturday, April 29
11 am – noon
Crossroads at Big Creek
Door County Master Gardener Dora Leonardson will explain how to grow herbs, veggies, and flowers in a straw bale! Straw bale gardens are inexpensive to set up and suited for locations with limited space or poor soil.
Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 to 8 pm
Crossroads at Big Creek
Presented in collaboration with the Door County Master Gardeners Association and Crossroads at Big Creek
Proper garden planning in the spring means a successful seed harvest in the fall! Learn how to properly plant your seed garden with author and seed saver Bevin Cohen. Bevin will cover important topics such as spacing and isolation distances to ensure varietal purity, flower structure, pollination and basic seed saving equipment and techniques. Bevin will also share some of his favorite varieties for beginning seed savers, some interesting and different crops to try and information about pollinator partner plants. Copies of Bevin’s books, including his latest, Grow Great Vegetables, will be available for purchase after his talk.
Bevin Cohen is an award-winning author, herbalist, seed saver and owner of Small House Farm in Michigan. He offers workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs, and locally grown food. Bevin is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Mother Earth News, Modern Farmer Magazine and The Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation. He’s the author or editor of more than ten books, including Saving Our Seeds, The Artisan Herbalist and his latest, Grow Great Vegetables in Wisconsin. Learn more about Bevin’s work at www.bevincohen.com.
The Door County Seed Library is a free seed project committed to preserving and nurturing heritage seeds and local Door County garden history through education, seed sharing, and seed saving.
Why save seeds?
Humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years, but in the last 100 years much of that knowledge has been lost, along with significant plant biodiversity. When you grow and save your own seeds, you can:
• Help promote and preserve biodiversity – think variety!
• Develop seed stock that is well suited to our unique local climate
• Grow healthy food for your family
• Save money!
• Promote pollinator-friendly plants
We encourage, but don’t require, all members to learn basic seed-saving techniques.
When you participate in the Door County Seed Library, you help to create a culture of sharing and abundance.
Become a seed steward!
We encourage all gardeners to learn basic seed saving techniques.
We are looking for local seed stewards to help grow out and save our seeds. We’ll provide you with guidelines to properly grow and save seeds to ensure that the purity of each variety remains intact. Contact us for more info!
• Visit us on Facebook
• Take seed saving classes
• Read about seed saving at your library
• Talk to experienced seed-savers
• Keep good garden records
Support our seed library
The Door County Seed Library is supported by volunteers and donations.
Please contact us at DCSeedLibrary@gmail.org.