Seed Library comes to Marin

Seed Library – Wikipedia, A seed library is an institution that lends or shares seed.

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 2.59.26 PMWe usually associate libraries with books. Pretty obvious, right? Well, that is changing. Many different kinds of libraries are out there. The newest type of library to come to Marin is a “seed library”. Are you wondering what a “seed library” is? It is a place that gives and lends seeds for planting in your garden. Marin is filled with personal home gardens.

In the past one thinks of neighbors sharing seeds over their fence. That is where seed libraries got their roots (pardon the pun!). Sharing seeds is a very old and common practice. Seed libraries are just the next step. Most seed libraries work like this: you “borrow” seeds, plant them, and when those plants produce seeds “return” them to the library! It’s a simple and really ingenious idea (why did we not think of this sooner?)! It is a great way for gardeners to try new and different types of seeds. Now I’m not the biggest gardener but even I want to try this!

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 3.00.12 PMThere are actually many of these libraries all over the country! Some seed libraries are now in New Mexico, Florida, and New York! And more are popping up all the time. The great news is there is now one at the Mill Valley Public Library to be precise! Another reason we love Marin county.

Here is the website: http://www.millvalleylibrary.net/seedsmart/. Be sure to check it out!

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