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Added by Duluth Seed Library Staff on April 8, 2014 at 11:47pm — No Comments

oldest seed saving library

I ran across an article lately that said: "Ten years ago, a New York State librarian had the nifty idea of adding seed packets to his branch's offerings--a project that blossomed into the Holston Valley Seed Library...." Would that make the HVSL the oldest one in the country? Does anyone know of one that is older?



Added by Will Stein on February 15, 2014 at 10:46pm — 1 Comment

Start a library.

I am interested in starting a library in my area. Are there resources to get a starter set of seeds to begin my library with? Since I am in Arizona it would have to be drought tolerant and resistant to flooding since we have a monsoon season.

The local library may be interested in this project and once I get it up and running I want to present it to them. With the hope that they might take over and I can focus on growing and canning food for my family.

Added by Zed on February 3, 2014 at 5:42pm — 3 Comments

Sophomore jinx

Our library has just completed our first year as a Seed Saving Library. Overall it was a success. We had some fantastic partners and the turnout for programs, at least initially, was very good. We were never really successful in getting the 'check out a seed, bring back a seed' part of the project on track. We just weren't sure how to resolve the issue of where the returned seeds were coming from.

Now we are planning our second season and I am concerned about the "sophomore jinx":…


Added by Will Stein on November 19, 2013 at 9:57pm — 3 Comments

The End Of GMOs

The End Of GMOs

An anti-GMO sign prepared by a Seed

Freedom LA member…

Added by David King on November 16, 2013 at 3:38am — No Comments

USFSA Seed Survey

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance is circulating a survey about organizations seed saving activities. They are really great, fill it out if you have a chance.


Added by Patrick O'Connor on September 8, 2013 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Seed Summit - Wed. Sept. 11th 4-6pm

Please join us on for our 3rd annual Seed Librarians' Summit on Wed., Sept. 11th from 4-6pm at the National Heirloom Expo held in Santa Rosa, California at the Sonoma Fairgrounds. The summit is free, but it does cost $10 for entrance to the Expo, which is well worth attending and making a day of. We don't have a meeting room for the summit and will meet outside on the lawn - last year we met in the children's area and are…


Added by Rebecca Newburn on August 17, 2013 at 12:42am — 1 Comment

Size Matters

When teaching seed saving, I often rely on allusions to animal reproduction because most of my students have some experience with that and it helps make the point easily. However, one concept that doesn't lend itself well to such conversion is the need for population size in seed saving.

Added by David King on August 6, 2013 at 2:22am — 1 Comment

Why Seed School?

SLOLA's Board has agreed to host Seed School in Los Angeles in February 2014.  Before asking people to sign up for Seed School, we elected to come up with some reasons attending seed school was important. I was priviledged to attend seed school back in 2011 in Tucson.  It was one of the best experiences I've had with groups of people.  If I were listing reasons to attend, I think first of the list would be "The people…


Added by David King on August 6, 2013 at 2:20am — No Comments

Back to basics with cucumbers

This month our new star writer Rob Smith, winner of the Big Allotment Challenge, joins the KG team to write our column for beginners and turns the spotlight on cucumbers.

I never used to grow cucumbers; I presumed you needed a greenhouse to grow them. However, my eyes were opened when I saw a friend growing some lovely fat, spiky beauties that she’d tried while on holiday in France. After my initial realisation that you can grow pretty much any cucumber in the UK, I’ve never…


Added by Lisa Burpee on April 25, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Be included on the Seed Library Timeline!

The Seed Library Movement from Roots to Bloom

Article in Heirloom Gardener Magazine

Added by Ken Greene on April 11, 2013 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Seed saving books

One great resource for seed savers is Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth.  

Added by Bountiful Gardens on February 13, 2013 at 7:40pm — 2 Comments

Fundamentals of Organic On-Farm Plant Breeding, September 22-23

Is anyone else attending this? Looks good...

Fundamentals of Organic On-farm Plant Breeding Workshop

Fundamentals of Organic On-Farm Plant Breeding
September 22-23

Nevada City, CA 95959

Added by Patrick O'Connor on August 12, 2012 at 7:59pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the garden

This week in the garden

Added by Ginger Ivey on August 10, 2012 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Get your group included!

Hi seedy friends! I'm writing an article for a national magazine about community seed saving efforts. I want to include everyone I can! If you would like to be included send me an email with the name of your group, location, type (library/exchange/bank/ etc) and year started. Thanks!

Added by Ken Greene on June 12, 2012 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Tip 1: Label! Label! Label!

Learn some easy ways to improve the quality of your labels with this helpful video.


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