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Seed Label Consistency

Started by Gina Marie Walden. Last reply by Gina Marie Walden Mar 27, 2015. 2 Replies

Hello Everyone.We just unveiled our Heirloom Seed Library on March 1st. It's been wildly successful. Being so new, I was wondering, how to ensure the label instructions on your seed packets are…Continue

Other staff and seed library support

Started by Carol Erkens. Last reply by Molly Kennedy May 17, 2014. 1 Reply

How 'bought in' are the other staff members? In multi-branch systems where the seed library is housed at only one location, do the other locations talk up the seed library?Is your seed library…Continue

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Comment by Emily Weak on January 22, 2014 at 7:22pm

Our seed library is pretty modest and informal, so it has not taken a lot of time.  I'd estimate a few hours for set up, and then for weekly time is 1-2 hours a week unless we're doing a program and then I spend more.   It is basically one file drawer with whatever seeds we have available though, so it really is modest.  I use the model where seeds are pre-packaged, so I have volunteers help repackage donations.  Right now we're trying to get ready for spring planting, so I have between one and four meet me for 1.5 hours each week to repack.

Our seed library has generated tremendous goodwill and positive response, so imo it's a very good return on time investment. 

Comment by Megan Lloyd-Thompson on January 22, 2014 at 2:53pm

Thanks, Rebecca. I'll check Facebook as well. I've already downloaded excellent starting information from Richmond Seed incredibly helpful all these resources are. I look forward to meeting with out library director and seeing what she thinks. We should have some good resources in our area with a small liberal arts college having a working, sustainable farm very near by, a strong garden club, and some good CSAs and farmer's market.

Comment by Rebecca Newburn on January 22, 2014 at 4:29am

I'm not a librarian, but ours is in a library. There could be a huge range based on the systems you put in place. Connecting to your system means repackaging and barcodes and a lot more work. We don't do that and are all self-serve. A group of about 4-7 only go about once a month for about 1.5 hours of clean up and maintenance since we're all volunteers and wanted it to be manageable for us. So that is the low maintenance way. It goes up from there. We're just starting to use this network so if you don't get any responses you can also post on Facebook or contact some library folks directly. Good luck.

Comment by Megan Lloyd-Thompson on January 21, 2014 at 8:52pm

Hi. Our library is thinking of starting a seed library and I'm beginning the initial "how to" research. I'll be meeting with my director later this week and the first, very basic, information I'd like to give her is an extremely rough idea of how many hours it might take to set up the library (initial time) and then roughly how many hours a week it might take to manage the seed library. I realize how nebulous this may be but do any of you want to weigh in with thoughts? Thanks! Megan


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