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Richland County expands free seed program for residents

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A program that provides free vegetable, herb and wildflower seeds to Richland County residents is re-launching with a second permanent location, thanks to funding from a Dominion Energy Environmental Education and Stewardship Grant. The program is run by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.

The RSWCD’s Seed Sanctuary’s new location opened Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the hallway outside the district’s office at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., Room 3063A, Columbia. The Seed Sanctuary will be accessible during business hours.

 “The goals of the Seed Sanctuary are to promote food security and pollinator conservation through home gardening,” said Diana Llaca-Curiel, RSWCD community outreach intern. “It’s a great program for both beginners and experienced home gardeners. I’m excited for our community to have easier and more consistent access to our seeds.”

Richland County residents can still get seeds at the program’s original permanent location, the Seed Sanctuary cabinet at Richland Library Eastover, 608 Main St., Eastover. Alternatively, by submitting a request online, residents can have four packets of vegetable, herb or wildflower seeds mailed to their address while supplies last.

Mailed varieties will be selected from the list of seeds on the Richland County Seed Sanctuary website. Seeds also will be distributed this spring during Pop-Up Seed Sanctuary events at community gatherings, festivals and farmers markets.

The 2023 Seed Sanctuary program is made possible by a $6,000 Environmental Education and Stewardship Grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as through contributions from individuals and businesses through the Friends of RSWCD.

Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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