Our seed library, inspired by Vandana Shiva and her seed farm Navdanya, engages a community of farmers, home gardeners, and seed growers in seed saving practices.
Whereas a seed bank’s purpose is to preserve seeds, a seed library focuses on the exchange of knowledge and seeds. Our seed library will support the sharing and distribution of seeds in a wider community and encourage seed saving practices amongst home growers and local farmers.
Our ability to save seed is an important aspect of food security. Our aim is to return seed saving to the hands of farmers and small-scale growers. Seed saving allows farmers to select for various traits, generating genetic diversity, and plants adapted to their specific region and climate.
At the farm, our seed library is situated in our Acadian Barn and an area of our research garden is dedicated to growing seeds. Our project includes accessing and distributing a wide range of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. To engage a broad range of seed savers, we will have easy-to-save seeds for backyard gardeners and more difficult-to-save seeds for more experienced seed savers. Together with the Wolfville Farmers’ Market and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University, we will be hosting a number of seed saving events and initiatives.
We are in the very beginning stages of creating the library. The opening of the library will be in November 2014.