The UC Santa Cruz Demeter Seed Library invites community members from all over Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay Area to its second exchange of 2012, happening on Saturday, May 26 from noon to 3 p.m. at the UCSC Farm.
Join the seed project and gain access to its collection of locally adapted heirloom seeds for free.
A seed library is a means by which a community can store and protect its rare heirloom vairities of plants. The event is free to the public and the only stipulation for borrowing seeds is to return 20 times the amount of seeds you borrow for at least two varities. This may sound difficult but it really is not, especially when one considers one seed has the potential to produce hundreds of seeds.
The seed library has been working with local farmers and gardeners to preserve and encourage local food biodiversity. Heirloom species of plants go extinct every day.
By growing seeds from the Demeter Seed Library you are directly participating in the preservation of rare varieties of delicious vegetables. Plus they look great and usually aren't available at markets. Sow the seeds of revolution. Living organisms should not be commodified.
The library is working to create an open-sourced seed encyclopedia and eventually would like to see living seed libraries at universities all over the nation. It is breaking ground on this project and would love for more participants to join.
Also join the first seed and gardening social network: seedlibraries.org to connect with seed savers and libraries all over the bay area.