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Duluth Seed Library

Purpose

Offer packets of "easy" to save seed, provide community education regarding seed saving and food security, and serve as a central access point for those interested in saving seed.

Partners

UM Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Institute for Sustainable Future, Duluth Public Library, Duluth Community Garden Project, St Louis County Master Gardeners.

Activities

Solicited donations from seed companies. Researched other seed-lending libraries. Ordered seed to supplement donations. Ordered envelopes and supplies. Built collection of seed-saving resources (books, DVDs, handouts). Established physical set-up for seed library, as well as library procedures for seed cataloging and circulation. Offered classes on seed saving and other aspects of growing food. Publicized classes and the seed library. Held seed-packing and organization parties.

Outcomes

In it 2014 inaugural year, the Seed Library offered packets of easy to save seed, including varieties of tomatoes, peppers, peas, and beans. Seed Library members had opportunity to participate in seed saving and access books and other materials on best practices for growing food from seeds. Participants were asked to grow the seeds in their garden, and at the end of the growing season save a portion of the seeds for themselves and return a portion to the library.

Funding

$5,750

Leveraged resources

$4,000

Last updated 12-18-2014
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