New!! This is very exciting! Wastewise in Georgetown is offering a $500 grant for school gardens in Halton Hills. Please see grant application below. Instructions are on it. Deadline is March 31st, 2020.
Seeds for Schools
Last year, 15 schools received free seed boxes from the Erin Seed Library. I hope to greatly increase that number this year!
If you request a box, you will receive it with the letter below. A list of likely seeds it will contain is on the right, but you can absolutely request certain seeds.
The Erin Seed Library would like to lend seeds to your school.
Seeds can be borrowed for free, with the hope that in the fall you will have new seeds to return to the library.
Please borrow some seeds if you would like to grow them to plant in the school yard with your students.
Or if you would like to grow them with your students to take home – eg Mother's Day
Or if you would like to grow them and sell the plants as a fundraiser.
Or if you would like to grow them for yourself at home.
Or if you have another great idea to grow them for.
Radishes and peas can both be planted as soon as the ground thaws. They can then be harvested before school is out in June.
Carrots and beets pretty much take care of them selves. Plant them in June and you should come back to plenty in September. (If you plant them too early they will be ready in July)
Mixing sand in with small seeds can help the children not plant them too close together.
E-mail me requests and I can send seeds to schools through the inter-school mail, or I can send a box for you to look through to choose.
If you receive seeds you cannot find a use for, please return them (and the box) to me via Erin Public School. If you are able to collect some seeds from what you grow and return them to me, then that is a great thing to teach the kids, if not, no worries. I hope you will request a box every year. :)
Inventory and tips on how to save seeds in the fall are on my website.
Let's get growing!! It is such a great experience for the kids!
Jen Edwards, Seed Librarian
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No act of kindness is ever wasted
Likely seeds that will be in your box:
Squash - Butternut
Tomatoes - a few varieties