The Altadena Library District Introduces a Home Chapter of the Seed Library of Los Angeles

Published : Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 1:26 PM

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Starting on Saturday, December 2, you may visit the Altadena Library District not just to borrow books, but also to collect seeds to plant and grow in your home garden.

The Altadena Library District has announced that it has partnered with the Seed Library of Los Angeles in establishing an Altadena chapter of the seed library.

Housed at the District’s Main Library (600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena), the new seed library will be open to the community on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, starting this Saturday.

“This is yet another example of the Altadena Library District’s diligent efforts to connect with an important initiative in our community and to bring new expertise to our patrons,” said Library Director Mindy Kittay in a statement.

“Through the educational programming provided by the Seed Library of Los Angeles and the ongoing operations of this new seed library, we will expand the knowledge of our already environmentally conscious community and provide community members with access to invaluable seed-saving skills they may never have encountered otherwise.”

The Seed Library of Los Angeles defines a seed library as “a depository of seeds held in trust for the members of that library.” Members of a seed library are allowed to borrow seed for their gardens at no cost, grow the plants, and, at the end of the season, collect seeds to return to the library to replenish the inventory for the good of the community.

The benefits of seed libraries are numerous. They save participants money, they ensure a robust local food supply, they promote and help maintain biodiversity, and they provide a space for like-minded gardeners to commune and share knowledge.

To mark the grand opening, Seed Library of Los Angeles San Gabriel Valley Chapter Coordinator Jessica Yarger and Seed Library of Los Angeles Chair Eleuterio Navarro will be giving free presentations on the mission of the organization.

Library guests will also be taught introductory seed saving skills and will have the opportunity to become members of the seed library.

For more details about the event, please call the Altadena Library District, Seed Library of Los Angeles at 626-798-0833 or visit www.altadenalibrary.org.

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