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We all have different levels of community: our families, our inner circle, our neighbors, our town.  All are potential sources of landraces adapted to our local growing conditions.  Cindy Conner, author of Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People encourages local endeavors to avoid reliance upon multi-national corporations and government sequestered seed-vaults for our seed supplies:


This book is available at the company which Ilinda recommended above: Native Seed Search: https://www.nativeseeds.org/collections/seed-saving-supplies/products/pb1128

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Whoever controls the seeds controls the food supply. By empowering communities to preserve and protect the genetic diversity of their harvest, Seed Libraries is the first step toward reclaiming our self-reliance while enhancing food security and ensuring that the future of food is healthy, vibrant, tasty and nutritious.

This thread invites examples of such localized community seed-saving initiatives to be posted, wherever they may exist.  :)

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Re: Community Seed Libraries: Ensuring Perpetual Access to Germplasm
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 11:14:48 AM »
When thinking of community, some of us may naturally include the local university, while some may wonder if an ag college is one step too far removed from what we consider to be "community control."  After all, institutions of higher education often can't help but win grant $ to experiment on things that might be better off left alone.

However, the partnership between the Toronto Seed Library and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto is an intriguing resource for that community, particularly because some perpetual crops are included in their collection:



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Re: Community Seed Libraries: Ensuring Perpetual Access to Germplasm
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 11:20:07 AM »
The first seed library in the U.S. was begun in 2004 in the Hudson River Valley at an actual local book library.  More here:



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Re: Community Seed Libraries: Ensuring Perpetual Access to Germplasm
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 11:31:20 AM »
The Pima County Library in Arizona has one such initiative:

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Your Pima County Public Library card is your key to borrowing seeds. You can check-out up to 10 packets of seeds per month, checking them out just as you would books, DVDs, and any other library materials, with one exception, there are never any late fees (overdue fines) with seeds!

One possible concern about checking out seeds with a library card is that the contents of your garden are no longer private - they become part of a government database.  This could be helpful or unhelpful, depending upon one's point of view.  It's very helpful in sharing landraces among native and other growers who otherwise might face a dwindling list of species available.


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Re: Community Seed Libraries: Ensuring Perpetual Access to Germplasm
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2020, 11:44:47 AM »
The popular Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Seed Library, also located in the public library, received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture accusing them of bio-terrorism and of being in violation of the Seed Act of 2004:


One of the great ironies of that showdown was that the seed initiative was partly sponsored by the Penn State University Agricultural Extension Service - a government agency.


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Re: Community Seed Libraries: Ensuring Perpetual Access to Germplasm
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2020, 02:39:18 PM »
The popular Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Seed Library, also located in the public library, received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture accusing them of bio-terrorism and of being in violation of the Seed Act of 2004:


One of the great ironies of that showdown was that the seed initiative was partly sponsored by the Penn State University Agricultural Extension Service - a government agency.


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Thanks, RR, for posting all this wonderfun information on Seed Libraries.  And this particular posting really takes the cake!  Can it get much more bizarre?

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Re: Community Seed Libraries: Ensuring Perpetual Access to Germplasm
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2020, 02:44:53 PM »
While this isn't exactly a community seed library, it is a seed bank, so maybe just a larger version of a seed library. 

You can't "check out" seeds here (see below) but if you find the one(s) you're looking for, you can order them through the Gatersleben Seed Bank:

https://gbis.ipk-gatersleben.de/gbis2i/faces/index.jsf

Apparently it's one of the world's largest Seed Banks, and although it's in Germany, they have a website which English speakers can access.  So I found a favorite beet (Zelenolistnaja 42) I had been looking for, so created an account, and ordered that one, plus one more that sounded cool.  Now the wait is on to see how long it takes to receive the seeds, and what the cost will be.  Update to follow.

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Re: Community Seed Libraries: Ensuring Perpetual Access to Germplasm
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2020, 08:11:28 AM »
Looking forward to updates Ilinda!


 

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