HOMESTEADER BEN COHEN will present an heirloom seed growing and saving program at the Perry and Lennon Branches of the Community District Library as part of CDL’s launch of their new heirloom seed libraries. The program is for CDL cardholders who may visit their local branch and choose a few seeds from up to five heirloom vegetable varieties (tomatoes, squash, melon, etc…) from forty different seed packages available at each branch. After the growing season, gardeners are encouraged to save and return some of their harvested seeds to their branch to be included in the expanding seed library.

Cohen is owner of Small House Farm; a small homestead business located in Sanford. Part of the family’s year round gardening plan is to help others work toward independence from outside food sources with the traditional art of seed saving. What began as a hobby has blossomed into a full time activity. Cohen’s efforts to maintain the diversity of heirloom crops is what he has become most well known for. To learn more about Cohen and Small House Farm visit

Cohen will share his knowledge of growing and saving heirloom seeds at the Perry Branch of CDL on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Patrons may call (517) 625-3166 to reserve a seat. He will also present the seed program at the Lennon Branch on Wednesday, March 22 at 5 p.m. and patrons may preregister by calling (810) 621-3202.

CDL has branches in Bancroft, Byron, Corunna, Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop and Perry. To learn more visit (Courtesy Photo)


Heirloom Seed Growing and Saving Program Presented was last modified: February 27th, 2017 by Karen Elford