Brownwood's library opens 'seed library' to encourage gardening

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BROWNWOOD, Texas -- A Brown County library is hoping a new program will encourage people to grow their own food and eat healthy.

The Brownwood Public Library announced Monday it has launched the "Seed Library,” which allows people to check out a seed from the selection it offers.

"The idea is that people will grow them, save the seeds, and then return the seeds," said Becky Isbell, director of the Brownwood Public Library. "And over several generations, we'll develop varieties that work particularly well here for Brown County."

Isbell said seed libraries help increase agriculture biodiversity and create a self-sufficient community.

The seed library was done in partnership with the Brownwood Area Community Garden.

"The most important thing to be aware of is the season, growing the right vegetable in the right season," Garden Coordinator Daniel Graham said.

Walmart donated the seeds for the library.

Graham said the Community Garden will be offering classes on seed saving and other gardening topics. He encourages people to apply for a gardening bed, which runs at about $50 a year.

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