Newton, NC – As the spring growing season approaches, the Catawba County Library is launching a new resource for backyard gardeners: a seed library.

Seed libraries are a community-sourced way to share seeds, so everyone is invited to bring in viable seeds for flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Experienced and amateur gardeners are encouraged to contribute seeds they’ve harvested from their own crops and share with others who are looking for proven successes. Heirloom varieties are especially appreciated.

Donations should be securely packaged and clearly labeled with name, variety, and suggested growing conditions if possible. Pre-packaged, unexpired seeds are also welcome.

Optimally, seeds in the collection should be well-suited to Catawba County’s 7b hardiness zone and should have a good track record in the general climate of the Carolina foothills.

All library branches will accept seed donations during their standard business hours, and the seed swap collection will be available to the public in early March. It will be housed upstairs at the Main Library in Newton (115 West C Street). The seed collection depends on donations, so check in frequently to see what is available since seeds cannot be reserved.

People who are interested in learning how to garden or start, collect, and save seeds are invited to visit the library for helpful books. They can also search for and browse materials at For guidance on agriculture, food, sustainability, and nutrition, the NC Cooperative Extension, Catawba County Center ( is a valuable local resource featuring a wealth of programs and information.

For more details about library services and resources, visit, call 828.465.8664, email [email protected], or visit