We assume since our members are avid cooks that many of you are
also avid gardeners - the two often go hand-in-hand. And, at least
up here in the cold environs, it's now the perfect time to plan a
garden. So here's an idea that NPR recently reported about that
struck us as a win-win idea.
According to How To Save a
Public Library, Make It a Seed Bank, many libraries are
suffering under the digital revolution. After all - you don't need
to borrow a physical book if it's downloaded on your mobile device.
So what else can libraries do? Well, they can lend seeds. As the
article tells it:
"Here's how it works: A library card gets you a packet of
seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new
seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the
library can lend them out to others."
They go on to say, "...while a library may seem like
an odd location for a project like this, seeds and plants should be
open to everyone. That makes a public library the perfect home for
a seed collection. The American Library Association says there are
at least a dozen similar programs throughout the
And those seeds are likely to be suitable for the
local conditions. Overall, we think this sounds
like an idea that should spread...