The Monadnock Grows Together Seed and Tool Lending Libraries are a collaboration between the Keene Public Library, Cheshire County Conservation District, Antioch University New England's Community Garden Connections (CGC), and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).
Monadnock Grows Together is funded by the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) established the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016 to help conservation districts and their partners provide much-needed technical assistance for agricultural conservation in developed or predominantly developing areas. Since July of 2016, NAC and NRCS have awarded three rounds of grants, totaling $4 million to 81 conservation district projects across 34 states.
Now you can order seeds through the mail!
Our Seed Library is open to everyone in the community, at no charge. No library card is necessary to take seeds. We provide, in addition to seeds, education, and resources about growing and saving seeds and organic gardening. We hope that seed library patrons will return some seeds from their harvest to make the library self-sustaining
Want to start gardening, but don't have the right tools? Ready to tackle a big yard project, and need something unusual? The Tool Library can help! Our tool lending library is in the Kingsbury Makerspace and is open to all Cheshire County residents. No library card is necessary but borrowers must fill out and sign the Keene Public Library Tool Borrower Responsibility Agreement.
Do you have questions about the seed and tool libraries or library materials dealing with gardening? Contact Gail Zachariah at the Keene Public Library, 603-352-0157.
Do you need advice from a gardener? Contact Rachel Brice; the Monadnock /Grows Together Coordinator at the Cheshire County Conservation District. Rachel Brice is a current Environmental Studies Doctoral student at Antioch University New England; she relocated to the Monadnock region from Austin, TX. Rachel has more than ten years of experience as an environmental educator in a wide variety of educational settings, from outdoors to the classroom full-time, working with youth grades K-12, as well as adults. She serves as Cheshire County's Urban Ag & Gardens Coordinator. She works as the Garden Educator for the C&S Workplace Organic Gardens Project, both of which are a great fit with her small-scale organic growing and permaculture design experience. Rachel's interests intersect with food systems/food justice, environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, community work, organizational leadership, and program planning/design and evaluation.
Rachel is available to answer questions, provide 1-on-1 technical assistance, and will even come out and visit you and your garden to offer advice!
Reach out to Rachel via email: Rachel@cheshireconservation.org