Seed Libraries: And Other Ways of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People

Seed Libraries: And Other Ways of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People

by Cindy Conner, 177 pages, 6x9, softcover. Public libraries are quintessential to democracy—they keep knowledge in the hands of the people, even in small villages, without regard to wealth or status. As we enter the digital age, libraries are seeking to redefine themselves. Enter the seed library: teaching the old skills of seed-saving, and building community. This is a movement that asserts the seed commons, fostering self-reliance and food sovereignty to counter the continuing take-over by multinational corporate interests. Make no mistake: seed libraries are acts of political resistance, a realization not lost on the PA Dept of Agriculture, which targeted the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library for agri-terrorism. Yet a seed library is as fundamentally American as saving and sharing our own seeds to preserve diversity, unique varieties, cultural heritage or local adaptations—or just to save money. This book is comprehensive in both overview and in the details—from finding space, to caretaking the seeds, to publicizing and keeping up momentum. Full of resources, enthusiasm and context. As one library motto puts it: “preserving the past, opening the future.” -Nikos Kavanya


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