Antioch seed library accessible to all to “borrow”

With all the rain lately, Jasmine Stone and her husband, Austin, decided to try a vegetable patch in their new backyard this year. The couple recently moved to Antioch and had a small patch for a few rows. Last week, she decided her next move would be to stop by the library in Antioch and “borrow” some seeds.

“I know that sounds a little weird, right?” Peter said. “We did that when we lived in Pinole. In Pinole they called it the seed catalog.

Stone said she assumed the entire library system would have the seeds exposed, but she was surprised to find the program just started earlier this month in Antioch.

“The Seed Library is not a new concept for the Contra Costa library system,” said Geneva Moss, senior community library manager at Antioch Library. “The concept has developed in recent years.

Moss said the seeds are just one more collection in the library. A library card is not required to “borrow” the seeds. The library asks people to sign a form so the library can see what people like so the collection can continue to grow and be used.

“The Pittsburg Home Depot donated this early collection of seeds,” Moss said of the exhibit at the Antioch Library. “We hope people will come back with new seeds to trade in the future, but that’s not necessary when taking seeds from the library.”

There are many sources of libraries or seed collections. Generally, a seed library is a place where community members can obtain seeds for free as a public benefit. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers.

The motivations for seed gardens are to get people to garden and learn how to grow some of their own food and to create a milestone to develop a network of seed savers who make locally adapted varieties – everything, from vegetables to flowers that react proactively to climate change in this specific area.

Antioch is just one of many libraries in the Contra Costa library system to launch a bootstrapper. Moss said Brentwood will also be launching a program soon.

“A library is a great place to have a seed catalog,” Stone said. “For people who don’t know anything about gardening, the library is full of resources on how to garden. It’s like a one-off show, and you don’t have to shell out a lot of money to learn how to do it.

The Antioch Library has many seeds, including different types of basil, beets, bok choy, eggplant, cosmos flowers and more. At this time, everyone is invited to view the selection. Moss expects there to be several upcoming programs, online and in person, to help promote gardening and seed libraries. The Antioch Library is located at 501 E. 18th St. For more information on the Antioch Seed Library, visit ccclib.org/seed-library in line.

Sports Legend bricks: The Antioch Historical Society Museum’s Sporting Legends Program and Exhibit was established in 2007. Volunteers have amassed collections of the “best of the best” in Antioch athletes and sports over the years at the inside the museum in an area expressly set up as Sports Legends of Antioch. Museum on the lower level. Recognition includes athletes, coaches and leaders of high school, college and professional youth and community programs.

Once again, the group organizes its engraved brick fundraising program. The bricks are an opportunity to honor family members and friends who have participated in the sports of Antioch.

The deadline for this round of brick orders is January 30, with the bricks hopefully installed by March 1. Each brick costs $125. Contact the Sports Legend Museum for more information at 925-238-0565. The Antioch Historical Society Museum and Sports Legends Museum are located at 1500 W. 4th St. Call during regular hours.

Roni Gehlke can be contacted at [email protected]

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