Seed Read: Re-imagining Seed Libraries




Without seeds, we cannot grow food. Patenting laws on particular varieties of germplasm. By patenting naturally existing biodiversity in plant breeding, complications arise in the sharing and distribution of produce, which in turn hinders “the foundation of successful breeding.” - Hamilton, Lisa M. “Linux For Lettuce.” This idea of successful breeding heavily relies on the system of seed preservation. By creating a system to preserve and fairly distribute seed, farmers and urban gardeners will have the opportunity to have a prosperous harvest. To facilitate this, the creation of seed libraries can act as a central hub for information sharing to the broader community about the importance of seeds and seed saving. Through this, the library will allow for a system to distribute leftover seed, drive the importance of seed preservation and the  need for standards while also providing resources.


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