In November, Alta Vista students came together to dedicate a brand new Community Seed Library at the Portola Library! Alta Vista’s second graders (now in third grade) originally built this seed library, last year with our former garden educator Miss Marissa. (She is currently studying natural building and permaculture landscape design in Costa Rica). AVS students wrote letters to local seed companies for donations and helped design, build, and decorate the seed library. The seed library is split into different plant types, such as legumes, greens, and fruiting vegetables. There is an informational booklet designed by students and even empty seed packets to return the plant seeds that are grown and harvested.
A seed library is a collection of seeds, sorted and catalogued that you can take from and plant in your own garden. The idea is to encourage growing and saving a genetically diverse stock of flower and vegetable seed, some heirloom and some adapted to your neighborhood micro-climate. Libraries ask that you donate seed back to the collection, if possible. Seed libraries operate all over the country. One of the early examples is the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL), kept in the Berkeley Ecology Center.
We would like to encourage everyone to visit the Portola seed library, ‘”check out” seeds and build up their gardens. This is another great reason why the Portola is known as the ‘Garden District’! Big thanks to Miss Marissa, Nicole from Portola Library, and last year’s 2nd grade students and teachers for all working together to make this happen!