Massachusetts’ First Seed Lending Library Opening in Concord

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The first seed lending library in Massachusetts will be open for participation starting Spring 2013. This program will run out of the Fowler Branch Public Library in Concord, MA. The idea is to promote local biodiversity, improve community food security and resilience, and encourage regionally adapted plant varieties. Community members will take seeds, and return those from their strongest plant specimens for others to use the next season. The library will be dividing up the seeds in categories from “super easy” to “difficult”, and helping teach patrons how to harvest and save seeds.

The library is taking submissions for their official logo through November 30th, 2012. You can check out the instructions for entering the competition here.

These seed lending libraries (as well as seed exchange, seed saving programs, and seed banks) are springing up in cities and towns across the U.S. Saving heritage and heirloom seeds is vitally important to the future of our food system. Big agricultural biotech companies are creating GMO seeds, and patenting seeds that industrial farmers are forced to buy, since their neighbors’ genetically modified varieties are so aggressive. We are rapidly losing local biodiversity, and each one of us who has a garden or local farm can do our part to restore the damage by saving multiple varieties of seeds that thrive in our bioregions.

If you don’t live near one of these programs, you can always participate by mail through an organization like the Seed Savers Exchange, or save your own seeds for future seasons and to trade with friends and family. The International Seed Saving Institute has instructions for at-home seed saving.