As students and community members started to gather in the Murray-Venable courtyard on Wednesday, one thing stood out – an old card catalog.
Rather than being filled with cards though, it was filled with seeds.
This UNC seed library launched in spring 2022. The idea was proposed by Jordan Green, a science and technology librarian at the Kenan Science Library.
Green said she came up with the project when she was a graduate student at the University because it would be a unique addition to other campus programs.
“This was something I thought of that UNC didn't have yet that I thought might also fit in with other existing resources like the edible campus initiatives, botanical gardens, the arboretum and our science programs,” she said.
The seed library is housed in the Kenan Science Library Makerspace and provides students with free seeds, pots and planting materials. Green noted that users can “check out” collections of seeds and grow them at home with the option to return their plants in the next growing season.
On Wednesday, people were greeted at their second annual launch party with packets of seeds, soil and miniature pots to celebrate the seed library’s one-year anniversary.
Elaine Jimenez, a first-year student, said she attended the event because she is ready for the spring season.
Students were given the choice to plant a variety of seeds such as basil, purple coneflowers and blanket flowers with instructions on how to properly grow them.