Save Seed Sharing Petition

Many libraries now host seed lending libraries – a great way to share seeds and keep the seed diversity and food security.  But many states now have laws that are shutting down seed lending libraries!  These laws  were created to protect farmers from unscrupulous seed dealers who might otherwise sell seed that was not as labelled  but are being applied to these (library) voluntary seed exchanges as if they were commercial businesses.

The national Save Seed Sharing Campaign, the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), will be lobbying for an amendment to the Recommended Uniform State Seed Law (RUSSL) which will be updated at the Association of American Seed Control Officials’ (AASCO) annual meeting this July.  The proposed amendment will ask that seed libraries be exempt from commercial seed law and be allowed to share locally saved seeds.

Please consider signing this petition in support of seed libraries and sharing the link with others.

Seed Bank Libraries

SeedLibrary2311A great piece on NPR recently on   How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank where  a partnership between the Basalt Public Library (CO) and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute have created this wonderful seed bank.

There are a few other seed bank libraries as well: A past blog post from July 2010 on Richmond (CA) seed lending library.  Rebecca has a blog  – –  on creating your own seed lending library and San Fran now has two branches lending seeds!

Other libraries like Fairfield Woods Branch have a seed to seed series;  Alameda Free Library also offers similar service;  and East Palo Alto Seed Library has started a seed lending library partnership with Collective Roots.

If you know of more libraries with seed lending services or banks, please comment or email me! 


3/5/13 Thanks alaskadragonfly for this awesome list of Seed Lending Libraries!!