We already know that saving seeds is critical to fighting climate change, yet seed libraries can prove tough to maintain. But what exactly is a seed library, and how can you use one? Here's a great primer on one such project in Berkeley. Could our public libraries get in on the act too?
Run by volunteers as a fiscally-sponsored project of the Berkeley Ecology Center, the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) seems to be about as close to a true library model as you can get. Seeds are made available free of charge to members, but those members are asked in return to "grow out" those seeds and return some of the same variety to the library at the end of the season. (read the complete article at the link above!)