A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee and is run for the public benefit. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers. For some communities, getting folks to garden and grow some of their own food is the focus. For other communities, seed libraries may be created as an important step to develop a network of seed savers, to create locally adapted varieties, to respond proactively to climate change or loss of gene integrity due to GMOs  or to preserve genetic diversity.  ---  seedlibraries.weebly.com

 

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  1. The Community Seed Network’s mission is to support community-led seed stewardship by offering a platform to connect people to projects, projects to each other, and everyone to seed. Through great conversations and the sharing of resources, we hope to make this work visible locally, regionally,...
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  3. Seeds naturally have a place in almost any endeavor having to do with agricultural development. Seeds of most food plants are small and, as such, are more easily transported and can be shipped longer distances than vegetative cuttings. For the farmer, seeds represent the promise of a continued...
  4. A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee and is run for the public benefit. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers. For some communities, getting folks to garden and grow some of their own food is the focus. For...
  5. Home gardens are found in many humid and sub-humid parts of the world. They are sometimes called backyard or kitchen gardens. These gardens have an established tradition and offer great potential for improving household food security and alleviating micronutrient deficiencies. Gardening can...
  6. There are now over 500 seed lending libraries open worldwide! (See list in link.)If you have opened a seed library or are in process or if your information is inaccurate below, please take a moment to fill in ourSeed Library Surveyand let us know the name of your library, location (ex. public...
  7. SOMOS Semilla Seed Library brings education and food sovereignty to the community, strengthening the long-term health of our environment through seed saving. Our work is interconnected to a growing international movement of free seed advocates. The Challenge Quality organic seeds adapted to this...
  8. Key Resource 1999-01-01 An inventory of seed catalogs listing all non-hybrid vegetable seeds available in the U.S. and Canada
  9. 2006-01-20 Description from Biodiversity International Seeds conserved in genebanks are a vital and irreplaceable resource for safeguarding future agricultural options. The capacity of genebank staff to apply good standards for seed handling is hence of critical importance. This is the standard reference...
  10. The Community Seed Network (CSN) is a place to celebrate seeds and community. By providing resources and a platform for networking and information sharing, the CSN is here to support you as you develop your knowledge, skills, and community connections to save and share open-pollinated seeds! If...
  11. Special Collections houses a wealth of materials relating to all aspects of agricultural history, discovery, and advancement. The combination of over 15,000 rare books, 400 manuscript collections, original art work, posters, photographs, and nursery and seed trade catalogs makes Special...
  12. The Palestinian Heirloom Seed Library preserves rare seed varieties particularly adapted to the West Bank. The library aims to preserve seeds of crops that once grew across historic Palestine, educate farmers about traditional agricultural practices, and safeguard Palestine’s biodiversity.
  13. A seedbankis only as good as the seeds it houses. Our planet hosts millions of varieties of plant species. Who decides which types of seeds should be stored? All of them? Only the "best" ones? How deep is this library of seeds? There are about 1,400 seed banks around the world, so which seeds get...
  14. Breed your own vegetable varieties: the gardener's and farmer's guide to plant breeding and seed saving