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Growing a Seed Library

Time limit: 90 days


Full course description

Course Description:

This self-paced course is designed for beginners or anyone interested in learning more about Seed Libraries and how to start a Seed Library. This course is offered through Clemson Cooperative Extension and will help participants learn about seeds and the necessary steps to start a Seed Library. In this course, participants will learn more about Seed Libraries and how they support the community, seed terminology, how to start collecting and saving seeds, how to use seeds for growing, and practical tips and steps to set up a Seed Library.

We're excited that you've decided to embark on this journey to learn more about Seed Libraries!

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe a seed library and how it can benefit a community.
  • Utilize the information listed on a seed packet.
  • Explain how seeds can be used throughout all seasons to grow gardens. 
  • Identify the necessary steps to take to start your own seed library. 

Course Topics:

The topics for this course are:

Module 1: Seed of An IdeaWhat is a Seed Library, How to Set Up and Organize a Seed Library 

Module 2: Sowing the Seeds for A Seed LibrarySeed Collecting & Seed Saving and Sharing 

Module 3: Sprouting A Successful Seed LibraryPlanning A Year-Round Seed Library 

Module 4: Growing A Healthy Community: Teaching Communities About Healthy Living

Course Requirements:

This training is organized by modules and is self-paced, which means you can start and stop as often as you like. The only course requirement is that you must complete all course content in 90 days to complete this training and receive your course certificate. 

Technical Requirements:

To participate fully in this course, you will need:

  • An active email address for the individual participating in the course.
  • A desktop computer or laptop (recommended): Canvas is available on mobile devices, but some content may appear differently.
  • Access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • A web browser compatible with Canvas: Chrome and Firefox are recommended.
  • Headphones or speakers (closed captioning also available).
  • Computer skills, including Internet browsing, using email, typing, downloading files, and basic troubleshooting.

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