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Heirloom Seed Banks Come to Public Libraries

(Looks like BMWJIM is a trend setter)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Activist Post

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.

NPR writes:
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.

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Awesome idea but as was said

Awesome idea but as was said whats to stop well intentioned folks from donating GMO or hybrid seeds unknowingly or evil Monsanto types from infiltrating?

Perhaps the solution is rather then have the library keep the seeds they just have a registry people can sign up to that you can contact for seeds and you can see its not evil Monsanto types and see the plants and produce before getting some?

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I have now started growing the plants in

my greenhouse and giving the plants to neighbors and friends. This is the only true way I have to know they are pure at this time. I am looking into the methods for testing in the near future.


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This bud's for you!

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Thank you my friend

I create more gardeners every year. It is quite exciting. I tell them all I want nothing in return but they must help others. So far no problems with GMO's. Most people ask before planting in a particular area. I only take seed from plants I started and give to neighbors so I know where and what is being grown.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

Good idea, BUT...

Well intentioned persons not knowing any better could put GMO seeds in, or creeps from Monsanto could ambush the project and put in their poison. I just don't trust people anymore.

Seeds of r3volution!

I'm going to try to start this at both little libraries near me.

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