Heirloom Seed Library
Heirloom Seed Library
The Seed Library is designed to protect and share our most valued treasures. Our heirloom seeds!
The Seed Library is designed to protect and share our most valued treasures. Our heirloom seeds! Read more
About this project
The Seed Library is being set up to protect our heirloom seeds from cross pollination from GMO crops and to share these seed with others so they can start saving their own heirloom seeds free of charge.
One pays a deposit and attends a class on how to protect the seed line and can "check out" seed. Once their crop matures and guidelines are met, fresh seed is returned to the library and the deposit is returned.
Certain guidelines will have to be strictly followed to insure seed lines stay pure.
At present I have several volunteers willing to plant seed for the sole purpose of increasing the libraries supply so we can supply as many households as possible with healthy non GMO produce.
Any funds over my goal will be used to buy more varieties or varieties in bulk.
Risks and challenges
The highest risk is cross contamination and cross pollination.
To overcome this we educate potential patrons of the seed library on how to properly protect these seed lines.
A drop in visit will be conducted when distance allows to insure all precautions are being followed.
Only these seed will be reintroduced into the library.
If there is failure to properly protect the seed line, the deposit money will not be returned and then used to restock from certified seed sources.
Just as the seed library, we will provide enough seed for proper pollination so you can get a starting to save your own seed. It will not be enough to plant a crop but is enough to harvest enough seed from for future crops. Seed quantity varies per plant.
I am not comfortable enough to try to start my own seed because I hear that plants such as peppers are hard to germinate. Is there other alternitives to the seed library other than just checking seed out?
Yes, We will be happy to germinate your seed for you to insure viability and germination of the seed. A slight charge will apply for this service to help with the cost of pots and soil.
No, the seed that I personally have insured that all guidelines have been met to insure they are not cross pollinated or Cross contaminated with GMO will not be sold.
There may in the future be seed that I can not personally vouch for that will be sold if someone wants to take the risk of it being cross contaminated and then those funds will be used to expand our bulk and variety selection.
Flowers are a vital part of a healthy gardens Eco system so yes we will be stocking flower seed as well.
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