SLOLA (Seed Library of Los Angeles), based at the Venice High School Learning Garden, is a new startup (Dec. 2010) that aims to protect local plants from genetically engineered and genetically modified seed contamination. (read the many articles on this blog about GE and GMO seeds and plants)
A seed library is a depository of seeds held in trust for the members of that library. Members come to the library and borrow seed for their garden. They grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they leave a plant or two to 'go to seed.' From those plants, they collect seeds and return the same amount of seed (or more) as they borrowed at the beginning of the growing season. No cost for seeds.
Enter the Venice High School Learning Garden on Walgrove Avenue, through the first gate, just south of Venice Blvd.