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Some public libraries checking out seeds along with books

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By GradyJames (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - Some of Wisconsin’s public libraries are getting involved in the trend toward locally-produced food.

The La Crosse Public Library is among those which check out heirloom seeds. Folks plant them in their gardens, and then return seeds from the original plants once the growing season is over.

Kelly Becker said over 600 groups of seeds have been checked out since La Crosse began its program in February. She said the demand was almost overwhelming at first, as more people become interested in, “eating local” and knowing where their food comes from.

Libraries in Green Lake, Wonewoc, and LaFarge have similar lending programs – and Madison is among those looking at the idea, to see if it could be sustainable.