Seed Sharing

February 23, 2013

Seed Library

What a wonderfully simple idea to spread the ‘Grow it yourself’ bug and support local libraries. Basalt Regional Library in Colorado is offering a seed rental scheme on top of its traditional book leasing. Existing and new users of the library can pick a pack of seeds – whether fruit, vegetable or flower – to grow in their garden. Once the plant has blossomed, its seeds are collected and taken back to the library to be repackaged and lent to another member. Due to the process of natural selection, the seeds from plants that survive contain the qualities of their parent, meaning that the more popular the scheme, the greater the quality of seeds offered by the library. The project also offers a unique way for the library to engage its customers and boost book check-outs. As NPR reports, the American Library Association has initiated several similar programs across the US, indicating its popularity. Originally printed in



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