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.

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Comment by Rebecca Newburn on February 7, 2014 at 6:58am

Clarification. Native Seeds/SEARCH is the one that provides free seed to Native Americans. So if some of your founding members are Native American, they could possibly get some seed to start the library that would be very appropriate and have cultural significance to your region.

Comment by Rebecca Newburn on February 7, 2014 at 6:56am

I would check in with Native Seeds/SEARCH as mentioned by Devon and with Justine. They are now at about 60% local seed! There are a number of seed libraries popping up in your area. Check the RichmondGrowsSeeds.org "Sister libraries" page under "contacts" to see if you can connect with others in your region for ideas or possibly even seed.

If you have any of your members that are Native American, I believe they can get 30 packets of free seeds from them each year. Their collection would be appropriate for your area. Also, contact local horticulture departments and find local seed savers who can contribute. Keep us posted on your progress.

Comment by Devon Grissim on February 3, 2014 at 8:44pm

Hi Zed,

Welcome to the network! In which part of Arizona are you located? Our member, and rock star seed librarian, Justine Hernandez is a librarian at the Pima County Library system and works in the Tuscon library. She has set up a really beautiful seed library with an inventory of regionally adapted heirloom seeds. If you are thinking of starting your own library with a larger amount of seeds, then the tip I received at the Native Seeds/SEARCH Seed Library School (in Tuscon, Arizona) was to write to heirloom seed companies, tell them what you are doing, and ask if they would like to donate. Do check out Native Seeds if you have never heard of them- they're amazing.

Best of luck!


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