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Seeds are the newest addition to the Broomfield Library's collection

Seeds are available on the second floor of the Broomfield Libary.

Gardening veterans, enthusiasts and curious residents gathered on Saturday to attend a seed swap at the Broomfield Library. The seed swap marked the opening of a seed library where residents can take home seeds to grow and return extra seeds to share with other local gardeners. 

Sarah Schweig, the county extension director and horticulture agent for the CSU extension, said the seed library was years in the making. 

“This is something we’ve been thinking about doing for quite a few years now. We have gotten a lot of requests for and interest from the community. Broadly speaking, the idea for having a seed library is to encourage access to gardening and well adapted seeds and plant varieties,” Schweig said. 

Sharon Dzilvelis, who is in the process of becoming a master gardener, answered questions about gardening during Saturday’s event. She encouraged people to try their own garden and not to be discouraged if something goes wrong. 

“Have a lot of patience because things go wrong all the time and it doesn’t mean that you’re a bad gardener or that you’re a failure, it happens to everybody,” Dzilvelis said.  

Many local gardeners dropped off extra seeds and picked up some new ones for their garden. Randall Shearer, a 30 year veteran farmer, said he loves to grow tomatoes in his garden because they taste better than anything found in a grocery store. 

“It gives us the opportunity to share things that we could give to others that would otherwise go to waste,” Shearer said. 

Community members from Courtyard Apartments, including Kathryn Lucatelli,  also attended the event. The apartment complex runs a community garden that is in its fourth year. 

“Doing something that builds community allows us to get to know neighbors and meet friends, and it's awesome to have fresh herbs, fresh vegetables. It’s a beautiful oasis in the spring and summer to have,” Lucatelli said. 

The produce is used in potluck dinners to build a better community, Lucatelli said.  Extending that community to the greater area of Broomfield,  Lucatelli and friends brought a bag of seeds to share with other gardeners and were excited to plan out their garden for the year with some seeds they found at the swap. 

The seed library is officially open to the public and can be found on the second floor of the Broomfield Library.