[Orange_County_Permaculture] Seed libraries are popping up across the country and Tucson is on the forefront of this blooming trend.

Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network lakinroe at silcom.com
Fri Jan 13 10:34:34 PST 2012

Seed library plants roots in Tucson


TUCSON - Seed libraries are popping up across the country and Tucson is 
on the forefront of this blooming trend.

A seed library is much like a library with books; people take the seeds, 
grow the plant, then pick the seeds and return them back to the library.

Native Seeds/SEARCH says it has the first of its kind in Arizona.

"It's exploded in Tucson. It's happening in other places, too, even 
downtown L.A., but I think we're really setting the pace here in 
Tucson," says avid gardener, Martha Burgess.

As people in the area catch on to this trend, it'll only make the plants 
stronger in this dry, desert environment.

"If a plant did really, really well in the heat, then you want to note 
that and save the seeds," says deputy director, Belle Starr. "Tell the 
story and then hopefully somebody will pick them up and grow them and 
then that way we start to get more things that are adapted to our area, 
that work in this area and work well."

"It's empowering people to get out there and do it themselves and know 
that they can be in control of their own future food," says Burgess.

"There's not a connection between the seeds and the food and this really 
helps make a very clear connection, that seeds are the origination of 
food," says Starr.

It's getting back to the basics with shared seeds, planting roots right 
here in Arizona.

"We could be growing food and herbs and joyous flowers every season of 
the year in Tucson," says Burgess.

The grand opening for the seed library is January 15th from noon to 4 
p.m. If you'd like to get started right away the library is ready to use 
right now.



Seed Libraries Across America
BASIl (Bay area Seed Interchange Library ) Berkeley 
Hudson Valley Seed Library Accord, N.Y. http://www.seedlibrary.org/
Native Seeds/SEARCH Tucson AZ http://www.nativeseeds.org/
Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library Richmond CA 
SLoLA (Seed Library of Los Angeles http://slola.org/
Westcliffe Lending Library Westcliffe, CO http://westcliffegrows.weebly.com/

For Information and Resources to Start Your own seed Library , visit 
Richmond Grows online. http://www.richmondgrows.org/create-a-library.html

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