Thoughts of spring and growing things are popping up at the Bradford
West Gwillimbury Public Library.
It may be the middle of winter, but the new Seed Library is actively
asking for donations of seeds harvested in the fall, and it has
plans to hold its first Seedy Saturday event.
On March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors to the library
will be invited to participate in gardening workshops and children’s
activities, browse the displays set up by vendors, and participate
in a seed exchange.
The event will also mark the formal launch of the Seed Library,
which invites residents to “borrow” seeds for the
growing season, returning new ones in the fall after the harvest.
And this month, the library is hosting a special presentation
on growing sprouts, with guest speaker Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy’s
Nesbitt, a local environmentalist, is best known for her efforts
to promote vermicomposting – composting organics using red
wiggler worms to produce worm castings, the so-called black gold
Nesbitt has been growing sprouts almost as long as she has been
composting, selling Tony Hornick’s “simple, wonderful”
sprouter, she said.
“I met Tony in 2002, when I started my worm business,”
she said. He was 72 years old at the time and was selling his
flying saucer-shaped Sprout Grower at the same show. “He
wanted a worm bin. We did a trade: he got a worm bin and a pound
of worms. I got two sprouters and a lifetime supply of beans.
I’d never even heard of sprouts,” Nesbitt said.
She has since become an enthusiastic supporter of growing not
only bean sprouts, but microgreens – alfalfa, broccoli,
and oriental mustard sprouts, all of which are high in nutrients
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