The Fred & Louise Hubbard Seed Exchange
Fred & Louise Hubbard
Fred & Louise were a legendary pair. They lived in Hastings from 1973 until 2008 (Fred) and 2019 (Louise). Fred and Louise worked to restore ecosystems, build and maintain trails, and educate the public. Fred was Hastings’ first “Village Naturalist,” a title devised to recognize his contributions to the Village. He detailed his observations in several monographs: Birds of Hastings, Flora of Hastings, and Recreational Areas of Hastings. Louise lived to 105, regaling all who knew her with a kind and keen wit and depth of knowledge. Meet Fred & Louise here, in an interview with Spike Barkan, in January 2008.
Fred and Louise set up the original seed exchange with Thom Forbes, library board member. When they passed away, the exchange lay fallow until HPP relaunched it in 2022, with Debbie Quinn, library director. We thank the HPL for supporting this project!
Prior to establishing a permanent seed exchange at the library, HPP hosted a handful of outdoor seed swaps