Friday, February 15, 2013

PUBLIC LIBRARY SEED BANK, A BRILLIANT IDEA

Seeds
The other day, I saw THIS ARTICLE at NPR.org and I was blown away by how ingenious the idea is.  In a nutshell, there are now several libraries around the country that are starting a new program; they gather together various seed species and varieties, and then store them in a seed bank at the library.
Seed Bank image courtesy of NPR & Dylan Johns
 Anyone with a library card can then go into the library, find the seed bank, leaf through the seed choices, and "check out" the packet(s).  They take them home, grow the vegetables and harvest the seeds from some of the best, largest, and hardiest that are grown.  Those are "returned" at the end of the season and then a new cycle begins the next season with the library lending out those new seeds to start it all over again.

In a way, they are creating an heirloom bank of the best and hardiest plants from each variety (and even best for that particular climate and area).  There are instructions included on how to save seeds, and are even broken down by category of "easiest to save" all the way to seeds "for expert savers".

I'm sure there are potential flaws in the program; for example someone lets their plants die for whatever reason, or forgets to harvest seeds.  But it's still a totally amazing idea and a great way to get more people interested in gardening.  Best of all, I bet it would really get children excited too.

Check out a book, go home and read,
check out some seeds, go home and plant!



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6 comments:

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

I see you too have been hit my the dreaded anonymous spammers..ugh!

I LOVE the ideal of a library seed bank! I cam going to find out if they offer a program in my area.

Mary Ann said...

EXCELLENT idea! I wonder if they would think about one here... there is a lecture series for gardeners. I may just bring it up.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I'm going to check out my library. I only have have a limited space in which to grow, but would love some heirloom tomatoes.

1st Man said...

Yeah, a few slipped through. Google catches most of them but a few are sneaky, ha. Isn't it a great idea? I thought about asking the library in the small town where the farm is. Might be a good way to introduce myself!

1st Man said...

I think it's an idea we should all spread far and wide. It can't hurt, huh? When I read the article I just thought "wow, that's a GREAT idea".

1st Man said...

That's a good idea, and by asking at least you, forgive me for this pun, 'plant the seed' of the idea to the library. They can research and see what the other libraries are doing. I just think it's so neat. (and welcome to the blog by the way!!! everyone, go visit her blog, wonderful recipes!!!)