ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new library is coming to New Mexico, but this one doesn’t have any books. Instead, it has shelves of seeds.
“Valencia County has a huge long history in agriculture and my goal as the agricultural extension agent is to preserve that for as long as we can,” said Valencia County Agricultural Extension Agent Newton McCarty.
McCarty is in charge of the Valencia County Extension Heritage Seed Library.
The idea of the library is to get community members to share their favorite plant seeds so that flowers, fruits and vegetables New Mexicans have grown to love will continue to flourish in the state.
“I really think it gets more people involved more intimately involved in their garden,” said McCarty.
How will the library work?
“You check a book out, you return it. The same thing with a seed library,” said McCarty.
Once someone checks out the seeds, they plant them, harvest them then return the seeds from the newly grown plants.
McCarty said in the past, people would save seeds after their annual harvest so they had something to plant the next year.
Now, growers are collecting seeds to improve plant production and perfect things like taste and color.
McCarty said he hopes other gardeners will reap those rewards too.
“It’s a good opportunity to share those and have people experience what they enjoy out of their garden,” he said.
The library runs completely on donations.
If you’d like to donate to the seed library, there is a seed-saving workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Valencia County Extension located at 404 Courthouse Road in Los Lunas.
The library is set to open in the spring.