Michigan Seed Libraries is pleased to announce our first One Seed, One State initiative in 2020! Seed Libraries across the State of Michigan are coming together to promote growing, saving, and sharing seeds! The seed we have chosen for 2020 is ‘Provider’ bean. ‘Provider’ is a delicious green snap bean with a bush growing habit and great vigor and disease resistance. It is known for its ability to germinate in cool soil, and beans are usually ready to pick and eat in 50-55 days. We wanted to choose a dependable vegetable that is easy to grow so that our gardeners would have a positive experience, and ‘Provider’ green bean fits the bill!

Many thanks to Seed Savers Exchange for donating the seeds for our program. A big thank-you also to the members of Michigan Seed Libraries for creating the materials and assembling the kits.

Participating libraries will get a kit with seeds, packets, and promotional materials. If you do not have a seed library at your location, you may still use the experience to introduce the “Seed Library” concept to your fellow library staff, board, and patrons! Non-profit organizations such as community gardens and youth groups were also able to apply for a kit.

Registrants receive a kit with the following items:
400 ‘Provider’ bush green bean seeds
20 seed packets
2 sheets of 10 labels each
1 8.5″ X 11″ informational poster
1 program instruction and resource sheet
1 tri-fold brochure for you to copy for your patrons

This is the first year of Michigan Libraries’ One Seed/One State initiative. Michigan Seed Libraries is run entirely by volunteers and donations. Each participating organization in the One Seed/One State program must agree to volunteer by labeling and filling the seed packets, setting up the display, and promoting the program locally.

Participants will be asked to provide feedback and a photo of their display at the end of the program.

As of April 1, registration for the 2020 season is closed. Because of the state-mandated closure of libraries in Michigan most of the kits will be distributed after libraries reopen. Fortunately, ‘Provider’ bush green bean is a short season variety that can be planted in June and July and still get a crop in most areas of Michigan.