Rochester residents begin to gear up for gardening season

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – With all of the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had so far this winter, some Rochester locals are already thinking about the upcoming growing season.

A packed room at the Rochester Public Library gathered Saturday afternoon to hear from the “Seed Savers Exchange group.”

The group works to conserve and protect America’s gardening and food crop heritage.

This is just one of many events scheduled this year that focuses on gardening and and growing.

Saturday’s introduction was started by a couple Rochester residents looking to get involved in seed saving and diversifying their homegrown crops.

“It’s pretty exciting to see the community involvement and the quantity of audience participants today. The three of us were really pretty jazzed about being able to bring this programming to the Rochester area for free. So to see that there’s this much community involvement and buy-in is really pretty exciting,” said Kelly Kirkpatrick, one of the Seed Library co-founders.

Kirkpatrick has been researching the food system for more than five years and says “food deserts” have been occurring and expanding in Olmsted County for the past 10 years.

For more information about the seed library, you can follow this link here.

Holden Krusemark

Holden Krusemark

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