Survey for seed lending libraries!

From a library listserv, well worth passing on… if you are a seed lending library, please fill out Emily’s survey!

My name is Emily Roberson, and I am an undergraduate student at the University of South Dakota.  For my senior thesis, I am working on a project involving seed libraries! My project is entitled “Do Seed Libraries Help Provide Healthy Food for Low-Income Americans?,” and I need a little bit of your help to complete part of it.  I have set up a survey for people who run seed libraries in the United States.  It has 41 questions and should take no longer than 20 minutes.  Additionally, every seed library that completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Seed Savers gift card! Please follow the link to take the survey through Google Forms: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wU3EcjVe3wacUSJyu1_a0odsdq59YrKJJN3biaItcXM/viewform?usp=send_form   I appreciate the time you put in to help my project! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at Emily.Roberson (at) coyotes.usd.edu.  Some questions, especially concerning confidentiality, might be answered on the first page of the survey where I have provided more detailed information.

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Save Seed Sharing Petition

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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.