Seed Library & Seed Cleaning

Kamloops Community Seed Library

We are thrilled that there seems to be a lot of interest in our Community Seed Library and seed saving in general! A good overview of how a seed library works can be found here. We have made a good start but still have some work to do.

People have been saving their own seeds for over ten thousand years, but in recent decades we’ve come to rely on commercial seed companies for our seeds and many unique varieties have been lost. Seed libraries provide an organized way for people to save and share seed.

What we have:

  • Storage space for seeds
  • Seed envelopes
  • Stamps and stamp pad
  • Great online resources

What we need:

  • A small group of keeners who want to help make some decisions about our library and help get us organized (see questions in the article above)
  • A classification system
  • An inventory system
  • A lending system
  • A membership database system
  • A cabinet or display rack for packaged seeds
  • More seeds!

If you are interested and can help with any of our needs, please let us know! Contact Sandra at gleaningabundance@gmail.com

How Does a Seed Library work?

  • Seeds are donated by farmers or other growers and organized into a collection
  • Community members “borrow” seeds from the library, grow them out, and hopefully get enough seed to return as much or more than what they took initially.
  • These seeds are then stored and made available to others who continue to contribute to this cycle of taking seeds, growing them and donating a portion back in order to keep the collection viable, healthy and fresh.

Why save seed?

  • contribute to local biodiversity and local food security
  • preserve genetic diversity of plant species
  • help the bees – as your plants go to seed, they provide valuable food for pollinators!
  • enjoy being part of the complete life cycle of plants
  • become more self-reliant
  • save money  – seeds are totally free!

Why Join our Community Seed Library?

  • get access to unusual or locally-adapted plant varieties not available commercially
  • help preserve locally-adapted plant varieties
  • meet others interested in gardening and seed saving
  • help build a local community of seed savers
  • increase your knowledge – learn from other members and get access to free or low-cost educational opportunities about seed saving, seed cleaning, and other related topics

For more information, or if you are interested in getting involved with seed saving and the Community Seed Library, contact Sandra at gleaningabundance@gmail.com

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