EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Every spring, library customers visit East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) to find resources on how to garden. Thanks to a joint partnership between East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, gardeners will be able to get some “seed money” to start their first crops for the year.

The EB Grow seed library is housed inside the library in an effort to introduce residents to gardening, provide education on seed-saving, and encourage patrons to develop a passion for sustainability. The seed library allows the community access to seeds to start their own garden without having to purchase the seeds themselves.

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission applied for donations from organizations throughout the country, and qualified for grants including from Herman's Garden Seed Donation Program.

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“Many East Brunswick residents have an interest in gardening, whether it’s just as a hobby or as a tradition to feed their families,” said Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian. “By partnering with the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, we are excited to join other libraries throughout the country who offer seeds to their communities to encourage sustainability.”

Library customers can come to the library to browse through a catalog seeds for flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, and just like with other library materials, the seeds are free. Gardeners are encouraged to save seeds from their own crops, or to donate seed packets for use by future gardeners.

Additional information can be found online at www.ebpl.org/ebgrow. For additional information about the program, contact mhozik@ebpl.org.