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Seed libraries : and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people / Cindy Conner.

Conner, Cindy, (author.).

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Watauga County Public Library 631.521 CON (Text) 50502200558785 Adult Nonfiction On Display -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780865717824
  • ISBN: 0865717826
  • Physical Description: xiv, 177 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, 2014.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-166) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
1 A Growing Movement 5 -- Hybrid vs. Open Pollinated Seeds 8 -- Grassroots Seed Saving and Sharing 11 -- In the News 15 -- Find Seeds Native to You 15 -- 2 Why Save Seeds? 17 -- Preserve Genetic Diversity 17 -- Preserve Flavor and Nutrition 20 -- Preserve Unique Varieties 22 -- Preserve Cultural Heritage 23 -- Develop Strains Unique to Your Microclimate 24 -- Attract Beneficial Insects 25 -- Save Money 27 -- Learn New Skills 27 -- Make Seeds a Part of Your Life 28 -- 3 Role of public libraries 31 -- Staff and Friends 34 -- Places to Foster Creativity 35 -- Part of the Landscape 37 -- Gathering Together 39 -- Declaring Seed Independence in Public 40 -- 4 Other Entities to Pair With 43 -- Transition Movement 43 -- Permaculture Organizations 46 -- Student Groups, Citizen Groups, and Land Trusts 47 -- Museums and Elsewhere 50 -- Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners 51 -- 5 Seeds 55 -- Where to Find Seeds 56 -- Care of Seeds 57 -- Germination Test 60 -- Plant Population Numbers 63 -- Seed Saver Organizations 64 -- Seed School 67 -- 6 getting parted 71 -- Mission Statement and Name 72 -- Budget and Funding 75 -- Define the Space 78 -- Website and Social Media 79 -- Graphics 82 -- Education 83 -- 7 Packaging, Signups, and Other Details 85 -- Packets or Bulk 85 -- Labeling 87 -- Skill Level 90 -- Making Seed Available 95 -- Patron Notebook 97 -- References to Have Available 98 -- Make Your Own Seed Catalog 99 -- Learn From Others 100 -- 8 Attracting Patrons 103 -- Start Early 104 -- Photography, Art, and Music 104 -- Join With Other Events 107 -- Make Use of Volunteers 109 -- Launch Party 109 -- Orientation 111 -- Continuing; Education 111 -- 9 Keeping the Momentum 113 -- Presentations and Classes 114 -- Movie Nights and Book Clubs 115 -- Stories and Histories 117 -- Children's Programs 119 -- Work Parties 121 -- Eat the Bounty 121 -- Promote Seed Gardens 122 -- Seed Stewards 125 -- Pace Yourself 125 -- 10 Seed Swaps and Other Means of Sharing 129 -- Seedy Days 131 -- National Seed Swap Day 133 -- Seed Banks 133 -- Share What You Have 137 -- Start a Seed Company 139 -- Become an Activist 141 -- 11 We Are Living in Exciting Times! 143 -- Where Are They Now? 145 -- Follow Your Heart 147.
Summary, etc.:
Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. A Pacific Northwest company, for example, would specialize in different cultivars than a company based in the Southeast. However the absorption of these small, independent seed businesses into large multinationals, combined with the advancement of biotechnology resulting in hybrids and GMO seeds, has led to a serious loss of genetic diversity. The public is now at the mercy of the corporations that control the seeds.
Subject: Seeds > Harvesting.

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