Seed exchange program sprouts at Hayden library |

Seed exchange program sprouts at Hayden library

Hayden resident Anne Daugherty

Hayden resident Anne Daugherty, left, worked with librarian Ana Lash to establish the town's Hayden Community Seed Library.
Matt Stensland

— Spring is in the air at the Hayden Public Library, where patrons have been given access to a variety of free seeds to plant in their gardens.

Hayden resident Anne Daugherty worked with librarian Ana Lash to establish the town's Hayden Community Seed Library.

A rack inside is packed with a variety of seeds donated by numerous residents and businesses. About 50 people already have taken seeds home.

"People can come in and pick up seeds, and we have had been blessed with some great donations," Daugherty said. "It's becoming a seed exchange, which is what we hoped for. It widens the variety of what people can have and use."

Daugherty modeled the program after the one at the Basalt Regional Library, and she said the Hayden library has been a great partner.

"The library is awesome," Daugherty said. "They have been so receptive and helpful. It's just been great for the community."

Lash said the program has been a great addition for library patrons.

"They come in here and don't expect that, and they get really excited," Lash said.

Daugherty said there are many purposes for the program, among them being health.

"The health of our nation is not great right now, and if we are what we eat, we need to take our lives back," Daugherty said. "We need to take charge of our lives and our eating habits and get back to real food."

Residents might want to challenge themselves and enter produce into competition at the Routt County Fair.

"It's a goal," Daugherty said. "It's something to look forward to."

There are other programs that could sprout from the seed exchange, such as a produce exchange once crops are harvested.

"Someone that grew a lot of this could trade with someone that grew a lot of that," Daugherty said.

Daugherty also is hopeful that in the fall, gardeners will collect the seeds from their produce and bring them back to the library to create a source of local seeds. She also encourages residents to take advantage of the town's free community garden plots at the Haven Assisted Living Facility. The plots are tilled, and water is made available. People interested in a plot should call Daugherty at 970-620-2222.

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