Thursday, June 7, 2012

There are "Seed Libraries" that exist for people to borrow seeds to grow plants: 

The first question that might come to your mind is regarding how someone would replace a seed once it’s been planted. Most commonly, the borrowed seeds are simply meant to be replaced with the seeds from the plants that grow from them. 

The mission of seed libraries is to help nurture a community of gardeners and seed savers, and to provide access to free seeds in order to help support a farming community. At first glance, the whole idea might seem a little strange because seeds are very inexpensive at the local home and garden store. 

However, seed libraries are out to remind people that humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years, but much of the knowledge and benefits have been lost since the turn of the 20th century. 

They claim that saving seeds helps gardeners to save money and develop good seed stock that is well suited to the climate. Participating in it also helps to promote a culture of sharing and nurturing gardening.