With educational support from the Santa Clara County Master Gardeners, six libraries in Santa Clara County have collaborated to create the Silicon Valley Grows program. Their kickoff event in Mountain View will occur on Saturday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the library, 585 Franklin St.
The program is centered around the science of seed saving, and allows home gardeners to grow and maintain heirloom, or open-pollinated, seeds. The goals are to maintain diversity in the food supply, preserve cultural heritage, ensure continuation of certain plant species and generate seeds for their seed libraries.
During the Saturday event, participants will be provided with seeds and taught how to grow and care for them.
This year, the heirloom bean Cherokee Trail of Tears was selected for the community growing program. Midsummer workshops on canning beans will be presented at the Mountain View Public Library on July 23, and seed harvesting programs will be presented at the end of the growing season on Sept. 13. Gardeners of all ages are welcome at the events.
Silicon Valley Grows will also host events in Campbell, Santa Clara and Saratoga.
For more information about the Mountain View Public Library event, contact librarian Emily Weak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-526-7020.
— Kayla Layaoen