On Friday, April 19, 2024, the Harriette Person Memorial Library in Port Gibson, MS, proudly hosted the grand opening of the Key to Life Seed Library. This initiative, aimed at fostering

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community growth and sustainability marks an exciting collaboration between MSU Extension Claiborne County Master Gardeners and the Harriette Person Library. Guest Speaker Jacqueline McComb, Assistant Research Professor of Plant and Soil Science at Southern University, delivered a profound and educational speech, leaving the attendees excited and hearing for more information on growing.

The Key to Life Seed Library is a free community seed bank that encourages residents to embrace gardening, cultivate self-sufficiency, and promote sustainability. Ena Goods, Claiborne County Master Gardener, expressed her enthusiasm for the project, stating, “We’re elated that Librarian Helen McComb at the Harriette Person Memorial Library has opened this door of opportunity for the community to access free seeds. We aim to inspire everyone to embrace gardening, promote biodiversity, and foster a culture of sharing and resilience.”

Attendees of the grand opening left the event filled with excitement and eager to start growing. The project will continue to be housed at the library, with plans for ongoing events and activities such as gardening workshops, seed exchange events, and sustainability talks in the future.

For more information on the Key to Life Seed Library and upcoming events, please get in touch with the Harriette Person Memorial Library or email keytolifeseedlibrary@gmail.com.