DIGG Seed Library
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” --Marcus Tullius Cicero
The DIGG Seed Library at the Decatur Library has been such a success, we are currently out of inventory. Thanks to our generous donors, over 3000 seed packets have been 'checked out' so that DCPL patrons can grow and harvest vegetables. We expect to have new offerings in January, 2018.
What is a Seed Library?
A seed library is a collection of seeds for use by patrons and includes instructions for growing and nurturing urban gardens. Patrons “check out” seeds for free from the library to grow in their gardens and are encouraged to participate in workshops and other related events. The DIGG Seed Library will not collect or distribute saved seeds, but will encourage patrons to save and share seeds.
DeKalb Invests in Growing Gardens (DIGG) is a community seed library located at the Decatur Library. DIGG seeks to address the ever-growing food deserts within our community. Food deserts are areas in the community where residents have difficulty finding fresh healthy food because there are few nearby grocery stores and farmers markets.
The purpose of the DIGG Seed Library is to:
- Create an accessible and affordable source of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds that grow well in DeKalb County area gardens.
- Educate library patrons and the general public about food deserts, gardening, sustainable foods and related topics.
- Strengthen the Library’s connection to the community by providing seeds, educational workshops and partnerships to enhance urban gardening.
- Encourage patrons to share and save seeds.