Wells College presents a brand-new Seed Exchange program on campus. The exchange cabinet, located in the Long Library, is loaded with several hundred packets containing different varieties of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. All seeds are available for free; the College requests that participants follow the guidelines posted next to the exchange cabinet and take just the amount needed for their garden. The Seed Exchange is a collaboration between the Wells College Library and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment.
These seeds were generously donated by several seed companies: Renee's Garden, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, Botanical Interests, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Turtle Tree Seeds. The Seed Exchange cabinet is located on the 2nd floor of Long Library, right next to the circulation desk, and is available to the public during library hours, listed on the website at www.wells.edu/library. Visitors are welcome to peruse the gardening books available for checkout from the library.
In order to call attention to the new effort, support gardening efforts by students, and offer additional community education opportunities, library staff and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment recently held a “Get Planting!” seed planting party. More than 60 participants stopped by to fill a pot with organic seed mix and the grower's choice of different varieties of seeds. The Center also organized a seed saving workshop with Cornell Cooperative Extension staff.