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Photo by Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros Bob Eckels was among the volunteers who helped sort seeds at the Cedaredge Library.

Planning a garden but not sure which seeds you want to use? You might find use of the Delta County Seed Library. Each January the Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia libraries host seed sorting parties to package seeds for checkouts. Seeds should be available at all five county libraries on March 1.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, four volunteers attended the seed sorting party held at the Cedaredge Library. "I always use the seed library," said Suzanne Schoenfelder, "so I decided to attend to give back."

Other volunteers included three time attendee and master gardener Bob Eckles, Dea Pyle and Patt Jones.

Seed packages are put together by hand, with each packet containing anywhere from 20-50 seeds. Most sorted on Thursday were flowers, with some kale and green beans, too. These seeds are donated from seed savers throughout the area or from larger companies.

Each package has a label describing the location, seed source and notes for growing. "Our program has grown exponentially and it's successful because of community support," said senior librarian Sarah Smith.

This is the fifth year for the program after the pilot began in 2013. After the seeds are packaged they're categorized into a searchable catalog online.

The seed catalog and more information about the program and how to donate seeds can be found at http://deltalibraries.org/delta-county-seed-library/.

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