Fowler Branch Library in West Concord has set up a seed library. The seeds are categorized in the drawers in the basement of the library.
It’s one of the first libraries in the state to participate in the trend, which is currently popular in California. Patrons can borrow and plant seeds, ultimately returning seeds they harvest themselves. Next
Library assistant Enid Boasberg, of West Concord, helped set up the seed library. The project was launched around the same time the town embarked upon a “community reads” project focusing on agriculture.
Boasberg says that about 50 patrons have borrowed from the seed library so far. Next
The drawers in which the seeds are kept may remind some of card catalogs, but instead of cards with book information, the drawers can be slid open to reveal small packets of seeds. Next
Fowler Branch Library patron Lisette Zinner is growing seeds she borrowed. She searched for a few more packets, going through the drawers carefully to find new seeds. The first time Zinner used seeds borrowed from the library, she grew jade bush green beans. Next
Varieties of pole beans, green beans and lima beens are available in the seed catalog.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway contains more than 750,00 seed samples, stored at zero degrees to secure against the loss of seeds in genebanks. They serve as an emergency store in case of regional or global crises. Next
Patrons can grow one—or several—of the varieties of tomatoes available in the seed catalog.
Seeds can only be preserved from open-pollinated plants, not hybrids, which means that genetic diversity can be preserved. Next
Seeds can be checked out with books. Just like books, the seeds are eventually returned.
“I’m hoping it goes fungal,” Boasberg said of the venture. Gardeners prefer “fungal” to “viral.”
“I’d like to see one in every library in the country,” she added. Back to the beginning
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