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Seed-sharing libraries popping up across Wisconsin - Pioneer Press

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Seed-sharing libraries popping up across Wisconsin
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Amid growing interest in eating locally, a handful of Wisconsin libraries are helping residents develop their green thumbs by allowing patrons to check out more than just books.
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NPR launches seed exchange, community gardens - Suncoast News

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NPR launches seed exchange, community gardens
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The drawers in the library's seed catalog are labeled “easy,” “medium” and “advanced,” depending on how green a thumb patrons have when it comes to gardening ability.
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Sowing sustainability: Conway's new seed library - Daily Record

Sowing sustainability: Conway's new seed library Daily Record Nancy Allen, Adult Services and Reference Librarian for the Faulkner County Library said that the idea behind the seed library is “to preserve seeds that grow naturally in the Central...
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Sharing seeds at the La Crosse Public Library - WEAU

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Sharing seeds at the La Crosse Public Library
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Some people are turning to the library to help grow their gardens. The La Crosse Public Library started what's called a seed library in February.
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Colorado library combines book rental and seed rental

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Basalt Regional Library in Colorado is combining the best of both a traditional public library and the ever more popular seed library.
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Markham Grows Seed Library

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Just in time for Earth Day, the Markham Grows Seed Library is sprouting up at Markham Public Library’s Milliken Mills branch. A pilot project of the City of Markham’s Sustainability Office and Markham Public Library, the seed library provides organic, heritage seeds to the public – free of charge. It’s easy: borrow any seeds you like, grow them at home,  and enjoy! Then you’ll harvest seeds from your plants and return them to the library. This way the seed library can continue to thrive, and you will help ensure that our community has access to healthy, affordable food.

The Markham Grows Seed Library will be located inside the Milliken Mills branch (7600 Kennedy Road), and will be accessible during normal library operating hours, beginning April 20, 2013. All you need is a library card (and an appetite). For more information, please check out our FAQs and How to Use the Seed Library


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Libraries 'overwhelmed' by interest in patron seed share programs - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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KSTP.com Libraries 'overwhelmed' by interest in patron seed share programs Milwaukee Journal Sentinel The program allows patrons to take home heirloom seeds, plant them in their gardens and then return to the library at the end of the season with...
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Check this out: Library offers vegetable seeds as well as books - Dallas Morning News

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Dallas Morning News Check this out: Library offers vegetable seeds as well as books Dallas Morning News A recycled card catalog is used to house the seed-sharing library at the main branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library on Thursday, June...
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Cornelius Public Library hosts annual watermelon seed spitting contest - OregonLive.com

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Cornelius Public Library hosts annual watermelon seed spitting contest OregonLive.com Caitlyn Warr (left), 4, and Autumn Clute, 5, arrived too late to participate in Cornelius Public Library's annual Watermelon Feed and Seed Spittin' Contest...
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Grow. Eat. Share ~ A Celebration of NPR Library Seed Exchange and New Community Gardening Project

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The City of New Port Richey, New Port Richey Public Library and The City's Environmental Committee invite New Port Richey to a free celebration, Tues, Aug. 20 at 11AM, as we launch NPR Library's Se...
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Can-do: Grange shows how to preserve nature's bounty - Fairfield Citizen

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Can-do: Grange shows how to preserve nature's bounty Fairfield Citizen The grange will be here to provide support to community initiatives like Drew Park community garden, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Wakeman Town Farm (in Westport) and Aspetuck...
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Seminole State adds library check-out: 'Seed for Thought' - Mysanfordherald

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Seminole State adds library check-out: 'Seed for Thought' Mysanfordherald Lynda Cole, coordinator of library services, spearheaded the project – called Seed for Thought – with the Seminole County Extension Services (sponsored by the University of...
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Rogerstone library starts work on bee haven - South Wales Argus

Rogerstone library starts work on bee haven
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Eighth Seed Library to celebrate grand opening Thursday - Arizona Daily Star

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Eighth Seed Library to celebrate grand opening Thursday Arizona Daily Star Since Pima County Public Library opened its first seed library in January, 2012, the program has received national attention from USA Today and Audubon Magazine, and even...
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Libraries are adopting new role: Seed bank. #Groton Public Library's Jeff Pike exp...

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SatoLowellSun created this quick Tout video. (Libraries are adopting new role: Seed bank. #Groton Public Library's Jeff Pike explains how new #Seed #library wo...
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Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions

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"At one point 'agriculture' was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state..." says food and Native activist Winona LaDuke.[i]

 

Her lament is an agribusiness executive's dream. The CEO of the H.J. Heinz Company said, "Once television is there, people, whatever shade, culture, or origin, want roughly the same things."[ii] The same things are based on the same technology, same media sources, same global economy, and same food.

 

Together with the loss of cultural diversity, the growth of industrial agriculture has led to an enormous depletion in biodiversity. Throughout history, humans have cultivated about 7,000 species of plants. In the last century, three-quarters of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops have been lost. Thirty crops now provide 95% of our food needs, with rice, wheat, maize, and potato alone providing 60%. Eighty-five percent of the apple varieties that once existed in the US have been lost. Vast fields of genetically identical crops are much more susceptible to pests, necessitating increased pesticide use. The lack of diversity also endangers the food supply, as an influx of pests or disease can wipe out enormous quantities of crops in one fell swoop.

 

Native peoples' efforts to protect their crop varieties and agricultural heritage in the US go back 500 years to when the Spanish conquistadors arrived. Today, Native communities throughout the US are reclaiming and reviving land, water, seeds, and traditional food and farming practices, thereby putting the culture back in agriculture and agriculture back in local hands.

 

One such initiative is the White Earth Land Recovery Project in Minnesota, which is recovering healthy stewardship of local tribes' original land base. They are harvesting and selling traditional foods such as wild rice, planting gardens and raising greenhouses, and growing food for farm-to-school and feeding-our-elders programs. They are reintroducing native sturgeon to local waters as well as working to stop pesticide spraying at nearby industrial farms. They are also strengthening relationships with food sovereignty projects around the country. Winona LaDuke, the founding director of the project, told us, "My father used to say, 'I don't want to hear your philosophy if you can't grow corn'... I now grow corn."

 

Another revival effort involves buffalo herds. In the 1800s, European-American settlers drove wild buffalo close to extinction, decimating a source of survival for many Native communities. Just one example of the resurgence is the Lakota Buffalo Caretakers Cooperative, a cooperative of small-family buffalo caretakers, on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The cooperative sees its work as threefold, to "restore the buffalo, restore the native ecology on Pine Ridge, and help renew the sacred connection between the Lakota people and the buffalo nation." At the national level, the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative is a network of 56 tribal bison programs from around the country with a collective herd of over 15,000.

 

In New Mexico, Native communities are organizing a wealth of initiatives. Around the state, they have started educational and production farms, youth-elder farming exchanges, buffalo revitalization programs, seed-saving initiatives, herb-based diabetes treatment programs, a credit union that invests in green and sustainable projects, and more. Schools like the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the Santa Fe Indian School - along with grammar schools, high schools, and non-profit programs - have developed agricultural education programs. The Traditional Native American Farmers' Association helps farmers get back onto the land, hosts workshops on seed saving and agricultural techniques, and has a youth program.

 

The annual Sustainable Food and Seed Sovereignty Symposium at the Tesuque [Indian] Pueblo in northern New Mexico brings together farmers, herbalists, natural dyers, healers, cooks, seed savers, educators, water protectors, and community organizers. From the 2006 symposium came the Declaration of Seed Sovereignty, which denounced genetically engineered seeds and corporate ownership of Native seeds and crops as "a continuation of genocide upon indigenous people and as malicious and sacrilegious acts toward our ancestry, culture, and future generations."

 

In addition to the symposium, the Tesuque Pueblo also hosts Tesuque Natural Farms, which grows vegetables, herbs, grains, fruit trees, and cover crops, including varieties long lost to the region. The project is building a Native seed library. The overarching goal is to make the Pueblo autonomous in both food and seeds. Emigdio Ballon, Quechua farmer and geneticist at Tesuque Natural Farm, said, "The only way we can get our autonomy is when we have the resources in our own hands, when we don't have to buy from seed companies."

 

The farm provides fresh foods to the senior center, sells at the farmers' markets, and trains residents to begin farming themselves. The farm also grows medicinal herbs to treat HIV, diabetes, and cancer, and makes biofertilizer from plants. The preschoolers at the Head Start program garden; grammar school students are beginning to, as well.

 

People from across the nation come to Tesuque Natural Farms to study agricultural production and to take workshops on pruning, beekeeping, poultry, soil fertility, composting, and other topics. Soon the farm hopes to create a research and education center, where people can come for three to six months.

 

Nayeli Guzman, a Mexica woman who worked at the farm, said, "What we're doing is very simple. These ideas are not an alternative for us, they're just a way of life... We need to all work together as land-based people.

 

"Creator is not exclusive, so there's no reason we should be," she said. "They tell us, 'The more biodiversity you have, the richer your soil is going to be.' It's like that with people. The more different kinds of people you have, the more able we're going to be to survive. We can't compartmentalize ourselves. That's what industrial agriculture does."


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How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank

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A library card gives you the opportunity to check out seeds, harvest crops and return new seeds. (Libraries continue to repurpose themselves.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:40 AM

Another seed lending library is featured. Especially love the quote from a parent,

 

"[Stephanie] Syson says the library has always been a place for her daughter to learn. The seeds just add another lesson.

"For her to see a little pot of dirt and to plant a seed into it, and then 30 days later being able to eat something from it is really exciting for her," she says. "She really enjoys seeing that whole process."

A process that now includes a trip to the local library."

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WEBINAR RECORDING: How to Start a Seed Library

WEBINAR RECORDING: How to Start a Seed Library | library seed library AND library public gardens | Scoop.it

At a seed library, patrons can check out seeds for free. They then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds, and "return" those seeds so the library can lend them out to others. In April 2013, New Dream hosted a webinar about how to start a seed lending program at your public library. Topics include funding models, obtaining starter seeds, patron orientation, and more. The webinar features speakers from seed libraries around the country.

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Seeking heirloom seeds? Some state libraries share them - Green Bay Press Gazette

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Seeking heirloom seeds? Some state libraries share them Green Bay Press Gazette The program allows patrons to take home heirloom seeds, plant them in their gardens and then return to the library at the end of the season with seeds generated from...
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New seed library opens at the Round Valley Public Library - Lake County News

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New seed library opens at the Round Valley Public Library Lake County News The library offers brochures and handouts on basic seed saving, has many books on seed saving available for checkout, and plans to offer classes on gardening and seed saving...
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Watch the garden grow at I.C. library - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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Watch the garden grow at I.C. library
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
The City Plaza Children's Garden was planted in 2012 as part of the Iowa City Public Library's Children's Day events.
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Seed Library Grant provided by Lumpkin Foundation awarded to Effingham library - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Seed Library Grant provided by Lumpkin Foundation awarded to Effingham library
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Seed libraries are libraries that make heirloom seeds available for checkout.
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Public Seed Libraries Grow Around the Country - The Daily Meal

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Public Seed Libraries Grow Around the Country
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What started as a small trend has now grown to over 90 seed libraries in the country, many of which are public.
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