Heirloom Seed Banks Come to Public LibrariesSubmitted by Jefferson on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 11:54
(Looks like BMWJIM is a trend setter)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
NPR recently reported on an interesting new phenomenon of heirloom seeds being checked out like books through public libraries.
The program which has expanded to over 12 public libraries works something like this:
Local gardeners save seeds from their most successful plants and donate them to the library.
Library members can then 'check out' the seeds to plant in their gardens on the promise to then save seeds from the best plants and return them to the library.
It's an innovative way to build a public seed bank of heirloom seeds for plants that have proven their veracity in local climates and soil. It's also a way for public libraries to stay relevant in an age when ebooks and Amazon are denting their necessity.
The library's director, Barbara Milnor, says in the age of digital, downloadable books and magazines, the tangible seed packets are another way to draw people in.