Growing together – One Seed Pima County

(Tucson, AZ) The Seed Library Team is excited to announce  One Seed Pima County 2022. Community members are invited to plant seeds in your home, community, or school garden for this season's chosen plant: Crackerjack Marigolds, or Cempasúchil. Through blog posts and interactive programming, the Seed Library's goal is to increase awareness of how to grow, use, and save marigold seeds.

Social media will play an important role in this year's One Seed program. Seed Library staff hopes customers will get involved by sharing stories, photos, and other resources highlighting the planting, growing, and Crackerjack Marigold seed collection. Tagging the team on Facebook and using hashtags #OneSeedPimaCounty, #CommunitySupportedSeeds, and #SeedLibraryPCPL will go a long way in helping to spread the word!

Marigold seeds can be planted throughout the spring, summer, and fall planting seasons. Libraries across Pima County will have Crackerjack Marigold seed displays with barcoded seeds for participants to check out. They can also be reserved online for pickup. Bulk quantities of seeds are available for community partners to plant. Interested partners should email about growing a large quantity of marigolds. 

One Seed participants are encouraged to return a portion of their completely dry harvest of marigold seeds to any library location, anytime. The saved seeds will be combined to become one, community-wide seed donation that will sustain our growing for future generations. Would you like more information about saving and sharing seeds? Visit A Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Sharing Seeds for a guide with helpful information! Please remember to fill out a donation form and attach it to the donation. 

There is one special consideration in this year's program. One Seed participants should commit to only growing this one variety of marigold (Crackerjack Marigold) if contributing seeds to the Library. If other varieties of marigold are grown nearby they can cross-pollinate, increasing the likelihood of hybrid seeds, which cannot be shared through the Seed Library. 


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