Colorado library combines book rental and seed rental
Collaborative consumerism and the borrowing economy is growing in popularity as we remember the benefits of trading and lending over buying. Seed libraries have sprouted up all over the place, though an interested person may have an easier time finding a branch of their public book library than any local seed library. That's why the Basalt Regional Library has made it easier for patrons to find more than just books at their branch.
NPR reports, "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... The library's director, Barbara Milnor, says in the age of digital, downloadable books and magazines, the tangible seed packets are another way to draw people in."
It is a fantastic way to bring more attention to gardening food in your own back yard, as well as the benefits of sharing seeds, supporting heirloom crops and a diversity of produce. And it is also a great way to bring attention to the many ways we can share what we have. Book libraries bringing attention to seed libraries could bring more attention to tool libraries, car sharing, and other forms of collaborative consumerism.
And as Springwise points out, "While a library may seem like an odd place to launch a project such as this, it serves to reinforce the community spirit that defines a place of public learning. How many other struggling industries could benefit from schemes such as this, bringing neighborhoods together?"