March 1, 2013

 

Waking Times 

It’a an idea whose time has come, as many people are re-discovering the importance of gardening and the importance of heirloom, non-GMO seed.

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.

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