SEED
LIBRARY




SEED LIBRARY

SEED LIBRARY RELATED TOPICS

SEED LENDING LIBRARY

HOW TO START A COMMUNITY SEED LIBRARY

COMMUNITY SEED LIBRARY RELATED TOPICS

FREE SEED LIBRARY CATALOGS

SEED LIBRARY LINKS



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SEED
LIBRARY




A seed library is an institution that lends or shares seed. It is
distinguished from a seedbank in that the main purpose is not to
store or hold germplasm or seeds against possible destruction, but
to disseminate them to the public which preserves the shared plant
varieties through propagation and further sharing of seed.

Seed libraries usually maintain their collections through donations
from members. but may also operate as pure charity operations intent
on serving gardeners and farmers. A common attribute of many seed
libraries is to preserve agricultural biodiversity by focusing on
rare, local, and heirloom seed varieties.



Seed libraries use varied methods for sharing seeds, primarily by:

seed swaps

in which library members or the public meet and exchange seeds

seed lending

in which people check out seed from the library's collection, grow
them, save the seed, and return seed from the propagated plants to
the library.



Seed library
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_library



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SEED
LIBRARY
RELATED
TOPICS




Biological dispersal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_dispersal

Germination
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germination

List of edible seeds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_edible_seeds

Recalcitrant seed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recalcitrant_seed

Seed company
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_company

Seed orchard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_orchard

Seed predation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_predation

Seedbed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seedbed

Seedling
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seedling

Stratification (botany)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratification_%28botany%29

List of organic gardening and farming topics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_organic_gardening_and_farming_topics

Seed saving
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_saving

History of gardening
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_gardening

Category:Plants
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Plants

Category:Plant_taxonomy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Plant_taxonomy



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SEED
LENDING
LIBRARY




Seed Lending Libraries are centers with seed collections of
locally adapted plants that people can freely take out, grow,
save, & return seed to the library. Seed lending libraries
offer seed saving educational resources, workshops, & seasonal
seed swaps (imagine a potluck of seeds).

Seed lending libraries are best located in easily accessible
community spaces, sometimes even located in public libraries.
Seed libraries organize seeds by difficultly of seed saving
& by plant families.



Seed Libraries
http://www.miiu.org/wiki/Seed_Libraries



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HOW TO
START A
SEED
LIBRARY
IN
YOUR
COMMUNITY




A seed library operates just like your local library, but instead
of stocking books it carries vegetable, annual and perennial seeds.

The idea behind them is to encourage seed saving, the exchange of
seed history, nurture new gardeners, exchange gardening information
and build communities through seeds. Seed libraries are also great
ways to acquire heirloom and open pollinated seeds. The biggest
benefit though of a seed library, in my opinion, is how it can help
foster a feeling of community among people who may have little else
in common.



How do they work?

Seed libraries can be separated into two categories. Free seed libraries
and membership supported seed libraries. Usually, you pay a yearly fee
and you may be guaranteed a certain number of seed packs as part of your
membership and access to other seeds in the library's reserves. The cost
of participating isnít an indicator of the quality of the seeds.

Depending on the rules for a particular seed library you may be required
to return a certain amount of seed back into the libraryís stock at the
end of the growing season to replenish it for next year. In the case of
membership supported seed libraries the seed you return back may entitle
you to a discount on the next yearís membership fee.



Who can start one?

Seed libraries can be started by anyone with a desire to help preserve
the genetic diversity of seeds, or who would like to use gardening as
a tool to strengthen a community. They can be part of a garden clubís
outreach to new members, a block clubís tool to beautify their
neighborhood, or part of the curriculum of a school garden.



How to Start a Seed Library

If you donít already have a large supply of seeds the spring and summer
months are a great time to start a seed library. Organize a group of
people to help run and maintain the seed library. Set down clear rules
for the growing practices you want to employ. Is growing organic
important to you? How should pests and diseases be handled? Will there
be a cost associated with joining your seed library? As a group decide
on the ground rules and write them down.



How to Start a Seed Library in Your Community
http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-start-seed-library-in-your.html



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COMMUNITY
SEED
LIBRARY
RELATED
TOPICS




How to Organize a Seed Swap
http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-organize-seed-swap.html

Make a Seed Organizer to Store Your Seed Collection
http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2011/04/make-seed-organizer-to-store-your-seed.html

Hudson Valley Seed Library
http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2010/04/hudson-valley-seed-library.html



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FREE
SEED
CATALOGS




The 5 Seed Catalogs for Organic and Heirloom Seeds
http://urbansustainableliving.com/the-5-seed-catalogs-for-organic-and-heirloom-seeds.html

63 Free Seed Catalogs and Plant Catalogs
http://freebies.about.com/od/homegardenfreebies/tp/seed-catalogs.htm

Annie;s Heirloom Seeds
http://www.anniesheirloomseeds.com/

Burpee Seeds and Plants
http://www.burpee.com/

El Dorado Heirloom Seeds
http://www.catalogs.com/garden-yard/heirloom-seed-catalogs.html

Gardenfairy Seed Companies Directory
http://www.gardenfairy.com/seeds/directory.htm

A guide to heirloom seed catalogs
http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/a-guide-to-heirloom-seed-catalogs

Gurney's Seed and Nursery
http://www.gurneys.com/catalog_request_qas.asp?

Heirloom Seeds Catalog
http://www.heirloomseeds.com/main/index.html

Henry Field's Seed & Nursery
http://www.henryfields.com/

Johnny's Selected Seeds
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/

Pleasant Hill Grain
http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/

Request Catalog
http://www.rareseeds.com/request-catalog/

Revolution Seeds
http://www.revolutionseeds.net/

Seed Catalog
http://www.seedcatalog.com/



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SEED
LIBRARY
LINKS




Create Your Own Seed Lending Library
http://www.richmondgrowsseeds.org/create-a-library.html

Grimsby Grows Seed Library
http://www.grimsby.ca/services98/seed-library

Heirloom seed and plant sources
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Heirloom+seed+and+plant+sources.-a071826509

Heritage Plants Database
http://www.seeds.ca/hpd/hpd_intro.php

How to start a seed library
http://www.resilience.org/resource-detail/1603524-how-to-start-a-seed-library

Hudson Valley Seed Library, New York
http://www.seedlibrary.org/

Local Seeds Atlas
http://www.localseeds.org

Our Seeds
http://ourseeds.wikispaces.com

Rare Fruit List - seed database
http://rarefruitlist.com/cgi-bin/seeds_db.cgi

Richmond Seed Library, Richmond, California
http://www.richmondgrowsseeds.org/

Rio Salado Seedshed Library, Phoenix, AZ
http://www.rsssl.org/

Seed Germination Database
http://www.backyardgardener.com/tm.html

The Seed Images Database
http://seedimages.com/



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Seed Inventory Software
http://www.bluechillies.com/software/seed-inventory.html

Seed Libraries
http://miiu.org/wiki/Seed_Libraries

Seed Library
http://www.library.pima.gov/seed-library/

Seed Library Database
http://sourceforge.net/projects/seeddb/

Seed Library Database
http://seeddb.sourceforge.net/

The Seed Library of Los Angeles
http://www.slola.org

Seed Library of Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ
http://www.library.pima.gov/seed-library/

Seed Library Social Network
http://seedlibraries.org/

Seed Program
http://www.cniche.com/seed/

The Seedshed Project
http://www.seedshed.org/



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