Altadena Library District is proud to announce its partnership with Seed Library of Los Angeles in establishing an Altadena chapter of the seed library. The new seed library will be housed at the District’s Main Library (600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena) and will be open to the community on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm, starting Saturday, December 2nd.
“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,” says Library Director Mindy Kittay, “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.”
According to the Seed Library of Los Angeles, a seed library is defined 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 garden at no cost, grow the plants in their garden, 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.
The new seed library will celebrate its grand opening at the Altadena Main Library on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10:00am to 12:00pm with a special presentation by Chapter Coordinator Jessica Yarger and Seed Library of Los Angeles Chair Eleuterio Navarro. Guests will learn about the mission of Seed Library of Los Angeles, discuss introductory seed saving skills, and have an opportunity to become members of the seed library.