This year’s Seedy Saturdays were very successful, with 37 attendees, $46 in donations, and an enormous amount of seeds donated and taken (along with a few seed catalogs). KUAC and the local paper announced the upcoming events like crazy. We also received considerable publicity the Sunday after with a front-page story in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Seeds donated ranged from tropical tree seeds to Siberian tomatoes (Cosmonaut Volkov, for example, or unnamed stripey yellow & reds grown in a neighbor’s back yard) to three kinds of arugula and more. These seeds are still available to those who wish to become members of the John Trigg Ester Library. Heirloom/open-pollinated plants may be checked out for the season so long as seeds from the plants you grow are brought back to the library (just like a book!—well, sort of). For more information on this program, see our Growing Ester’s Biodiversity pages.