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": loss of enthusiasm, inability to move the project forward, and mission creep, programming on anything and everything under the sun that relates to the great outdoors.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Will

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Comment by Katrina on February 10, 2014 at 9:11pm

I just sorted out and "REJECTED" some seed donations as I think they are from store bought produce..

Comment by Richmond Grows on November 27, 2013 at 6:52am

Congratulations, Will. Our first year was just get the word out. Second year was let's get some education. Now that we're juniors, we'll probably spend a bit more time of getting more folks to return. The amazing this is that if you build a few good seed savers in a community they can save a lot of seed! Getting a bunch of folks doing "super easy" stuff can make a huge difference. We sometimes have folks grow things out for the library so we get bulk quantities of certain seeds. Also, get some school gardens growing some seed. Have them curate some beans over the summer and peas during the winter.

Comment by Devon Grissim on November 24, 2013 at 2:25am
Hi, Will! Congrats :) There is a membership form that SLOLA uses that I think is helpful: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4xh6ikfm0ivcdgh/SLOLA%20New%20Member%20Ac... (let me know if that link works)
Maybe also try a quarterly email update, asking people how their grow outs are doing on Facebook, blogs, and other social media. Try to get people to post photos. Maybe hold a photo contest? Keeping the dialog going is always good. You could even start your own personal seed library social network for free like this one here by going to ning.com ! Having regular seed swaps that are like little garden parties seems to build community and encourage involvement. Thanks for sharing! Wishing you happy sophomore year. -Devon

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