Seed sharing sprouts again in Duluth after change in law

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Check it out: you can withdraw vegetable seeds from the Duluth library again. Just remember to return in the fall to drop off new ones from your successful harvest.

This good news for Northland gardeners comes after Gov. Mark Dayton signed an amended seed law this week. As FOX 21 reports, it allows for the non-commercial exchange of seeds through a local library.

It took an act of the Legislature to give the Duluth Public Library new life for its seed library program.

The seed sharing had to be shelved last fall when the Minnesota Department of Agriculture pointed out that the law requires all seeds and labels to be checked by state inspectors before they can be sold or even given away.

Disappointed Duluthians asked for an exemption from the law, which came through in the final days of the legislative session.

Duluth Public Library director Carla Powers tells MPR News one of the advantages of exchanging seeds through the library is that it helps develop a locally adapted stock of seeds from gardens in the immediate area.

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