Digging in life's Garden with ReeAnna
If you’re anything like myself, you never really thought about the difference between a seed bank and a seed library, it seems obvious but it really isn't something that crosses my mind often but since the Seed Libraries just reopened and warm weather creeps into the forecast, I figured why not? So let’s dig!
Seed banks are somewhat a gene bank-- their universal purpose being to preserve certain genetic traits in a certain species of plant. In times of drought, disease, and nutritional inequality, these specific, genetically diverse seeds can be quite literally the pivot point in life and death. Seed banks are extremely important as they also preserve certain genetics with historic and cultural value. As of 2006, there were about 6 million accessions, or samples of a particular population, stored as seeds in about 1,300 gene-banks throughout the world.
Seed Libraries are a community specific effort to increase accessibility of seeds to individuals within that community. Libraries allow residents to check-out seeds just as they would do with books, it is not required to return seeds but it is certainly encouraged. Give back to the same program that gave to you!
While both of these ‘seed saving' programs are important, it is even more important to understand just what these banks and libraries provide, as well as the pivotal role they play in our survival as a the human species! Our quality of life as everyday citizens within a community can only be improved by these seed programs.