Borrow books, borrow seeds--new attempts to keep seeds freely flowing, in spite of mighty Monsanto.
"Free vegetable seeds are now shelved at the public library in Richmond, California, where patrons can check out tomato and lettuce seeds alongside the latest Stieg Larsson novel. Come harvest time, participants are encouraged to practice the centuries-old art of saving seeds and return a few to the library’s shelves. It’s a naturally sustainable system because, explains Amanda Kimble-Evans in Organic Gardening(Sept.-Oct. 2011), as “each grower saves seeds from the most productive, healthiest plants, the varieties become more adapted to the specific bioregion with each generation.”
Seed-lending programs have taken root in at least four other public libraries in California and Connecticut, writes Greg Landgraf in American Libraries (April 6, 2011). The bookworms also host seed-saving workshops for those of us who aren’t yet master gardeners."
Read more: http://www.utne.com/Environment/Seed-Lending-Programs-Public-Libraries.aspx#ixzz1Z6NLl0ye
Courtesy of Hudson Valley Seed Library / www.seedlibrary.org