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Posted on: July 18, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Bentonville Public Library Unveils Innovative BPL Seed Library, Cultivating a Greener Future

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Bentonville, AR... Bentonville Public Library (BPL) is proud to announce the opening of its groundbreaking BPL Seed Library, an inspiring initiative that aims to promote sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, and community engagement. The BPL Seed Library serves as a testament to our commitment to fostering a greener future for our community.

The BPL Seed Library strives to be a hub for education, conservation, and the preservation of heirloom and native plant varieties. This unique endeavor encourages library patrons, garden enthusiasts, and residents alike to explore the wonders of gardening and take part in the time-honored practice of seed saving and sharing. 

With the BPL Seed Library, Bentonville Public Library seeks to empower individuals and families to create their own thriving green spaces, fostering a deeper connection to nature and a stronger sense of environmental stewardship. Visitors to the seed library will have access to a wealth of resources. 

Upon visiting the seed wall, located by the fireplace room inside the Bentonville Public Library, patrons can gather brochures, study gardening charts and peruse a selection of seeds to take home. If one has a collection of their own seeds to donate to the library, we offer small envelopes to add your seed varieties to the library. BPL’s Seed Library is the perfect companion project to BPL’s Learning Gardens located on the grounds, and additional programs will be offered to complement the new initiative, such as a plant swap and other native gardening workshops. 

Through collaborative partnerships with local gardening organizations, seed exchanges, and community initiatives, the BPL Seed Library aims to cultivate a vibrant network of plant enthusiasts who are passionate about preserving plant diversity and strengthening our local ecosystem. By participating in the seed-saving process, community members become active contributors to a sustainable food system and play a vital role in safeguarding the heritage of our region's native plants.

BPL’s Seed Library is made possible through the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank’s community-based program by providing hundreds of seed packets to the library for distribution. Additional support was provided by the Friends of the Bentonville Library, City of Bentonville staff, dedicated volunteers, and passionate community members.  

For more information about the Seed Library and upcoming events, please visit our website https://bentonvillelibrary.org/.

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