New! Seed Share Station coming to Martial Cottle Park
The COVID-19 pandemic has limited access to food and gardening resources. These resources have become more accessible lately, in part, because residents started growing their own food. In 2020, when fresh fruits and vegetables became scarce in grocery stores, the demand for fruit and vegetable seeds increased significantly. To help meet the demand, community residents created seed sharing stations or “little free seed libraries” in their neighborhoods.
Gold Badge Master Gardener, Hillie S. Class of ’09, placed a box of saved seeds outside on her street. Safety protocols were set up to keep people safe from COVID-19 while sharing seed.
Curbside Station – Fall 2020
One neighbor said, “I will be saving bean seeds for next year. This has been wonderful for me. I love to grow food. I keep looking for things to feel grateful for during this trying time and having a thoughtful, generous neighbor is on my list”
Trial Station – Fall 2020 - Martial Cottle Park
On March 13th 2021 a new seed sharing station will be installed near the entrance of the Master Gardener Program area at Martial Cottle Park. The station is designed and built by UCCE Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County Parks, and local Boy Scouts. With support from Slow Food South Bay, the seed station will be free to anyone.
New Seed Sharing Station
March 13, 2021
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