The new Seed Lending Library at the Palermo Community Library offers area residents a simple means of preserving and sharing seeds at no cost to participants.

To kick start the program, the Palermo Library is holding a How to Start Saving Seeds workshop Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at the library located at 2789 Route 3, Palermo, 993-6088. Both the experienced and inexperienced are encouraged to attend and learn a valuable skill and knowledge that will last a lifetime.

Along with a free membership in the library, all participants, regardless of where they live, will be able to borrow seeds, obtain information on planting, harvesting, and collecting seeds, and, in return will agree to return some of their harvested or leftover seeds to the library at the end of the growing season so the cycle can continue. Seeds can include edibles, ornamentals, and herbs.

“We created the Seed Lending Library because we are committed to the many benefits of saving seeds that will foster a sense of self-reliance and a culture of sharing,” said Holly Flowers, president of the Board of Directors, in a news release.

The goal is to promote seed sharing throughout Waldo County and to have every household in Palermo plant and harvest something edible.