Libraries Share Books; Why Not Share Seeds?

From NPR's The Salt: "The seed library is a partnership between the Basalt Public Library and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Seed packets encourage gardeners to write their names and take credit for their harvested seeds."

From NPR’s The Salt: “The seed library is a partnership between the Basalt Public Library and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Seed packets encourage gardeners to write their names and take credit for their harvested seeds.”

Great story by Luke Runyon on NPR about the public library in Basalt, Colorado, which not only shares books, videos and music, but also vegetable seeds.  The pairing of libraries and locally productive vegetable and flower seeds makes so much sense, it is surprising that the practice is not universal.  From the story:

“Here’s how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.”

Apparently Basalt is not alone. According to the American Library Assocation, “there are at least a dozen similar programs throughout the country.”

Read the whole story, or listen to the audio on the NPR blog on food topics, The Salt.

How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank

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2 thoughts on “Libraries Share Books; Why Not Share Seeds?

  1. Rebecca, Thanks for sharing this! Sounds like Richmond’s Seed Lending Library has put a great deal of effort into doing this right, setting it up for success, and making it easily accessible to newcomers. Great job!

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