Books aren't the only things at your local library that contain information. Seeds also contain a host of genetic information, and libraries are starting to catch on to the growing trend of seed libraries. They differ from seed banks, that store and save seeds in case there is some form of environmental disaster. Collecting and dispersing seeds through seed libraries is an exciting and growing trend at library branches, colleges, and museums and if you're growing your own veggies and herbs, take advantage of these programs and save some money!
A few seed library highlights
The seeds are free to the community. They do ask that you don't take more than you need. The Dallas Public Library doesn't even have a check out system - take what you'll use!
There's no requirement to return any seeds, but they love any seed donations.
You can save money by not having to purchase seeds. If you've grown your own veggies and herbs before, you know those little packets add up!
If you don't have a home garden, you can always take your seeds to a community garden and grow them there.
Seed libraries add to the biodiversity of your agricultural community by sharing local, rare and heirloom seeds and they teach people about seed saving.
The seed library movement around the United States has been growing quickly in the past 5 years. Seed libraries are a way for you to start sharing gardening information, seeds and become a more connected member of your local community. If you don't already have a seed library in your community and you'd like to start one, here are a couple of resources to get you started!