It’s not uncommon for Eagle Scout projects to involve a local library. Many Eagle Scouts, in their search to complete projects that help to impact their communities, focus on something that is available to everyone, and the town library is just one such item. Of course, every so often, one of these Eagle Scout projects offers a unique take on the subject.
Such was the case for Scout Will O., whose Eagle Scout project for the J.V. Fletcher Library doesn’t focus on books, audio-visual media, or any other traditional item one might expect to find there.
Will’s project was the creation of a seed library. It offers local gardeners the opportunity to “borrow” seeds to plant in their home gardens.
The way it works is for gardeners to obtain seeds from the seed library, plant the seeds in their gardens to grow plants, then use the seeds gathered from those plants to return back to the seed library.
Additionally, local gardeners are able to donate other seeds. This helps foster additional variety and taps into a spirit of giving within the local community.
“My goal first is to have more local variety, there are so few vegetables produced by large agricultural businesses that a plant disease could impact food sources,” Will said. “Having local variety is very important to that. Local gardeners will have more resources to get more people interested in gardening.”