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Seed libraries and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people by Cindy Conner

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Written in English


  • Seeds,
  • Special collections,
  • Public libraries,
  • Seed exchanges,
  • Plant diversity conservation,
  • Harvesting

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Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. However the absorption of these small, independent seed businesses into large multinationals, combined with the advancement of biotechnology resulting in hybrids and GMO seeds, has led to a serious loss of genetic diversity. The public is now at the mercy of the corporations that control the seeds. In the past few years, gardeners have realized the inherent danger in this situation. A growing movement is striving to preserve and expand our stock of heritage and heirloom varieties through seed saving and sharing opportunities. Seed Libraries is a practical guide to saving seeds through community programs, including: step-by-step instructions for setting up a seed library; a wealth of ideas to help attract patrons and keep the momentum going; and profiles of existing libraries and other types of seed saving partnerships. Whoever controls the seeds controls the food supply. By empowering communities to preserve and protect the genetic diversity of their harvest, Seed Libraries is the first step towards reclaiming our self-reliance while enhancing food security and ensuring that the future of food is healthy, vibrant, tasty, and nutritious.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-166) and index.

StatementCindy Conner
SeriesMother Earth news books for wiser living recommendation, Books for living wisely from Mother Earth news
LC ClassificationsSB118.38 .C66 2014
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 177 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Number of Pages177
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL27194284M
ISBN 100865717826
ISBN 109780865717824
LC Control Number2015375867

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Seed libraries. Grow your own vegetables, herbs and plants at home with borrowed seeds from the library. All of our seeds are organic and non-GMO. Fill out this form to order quality heirloom seeds from Mississauga Seed Library during the COVID closure. This service will be available while supplies last. Seed libraries are available at Colonial Heights, Galt-Marian O. Lawrence, Orangevale, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, Southgate and Rio Linda libraries. How much are the seeds? The seed libraries are completely free of charge and available to anyone. Why save seed and why a local seed library? Seed libraries are a great investment; with some plants one seed can return up to 40, Similar to a book lending library, a seed library is a place where people can go to borrow seeds. The concept of “borrowing” seeds may sound strange at first, but it makes perfect sense once the. Seed Libraries. 2, likes talking about this. See the social network just for seed libraries at