A single seed contains the entire genetic code for the plant it makes. While plants are affected by the conditions they are grown in, many of a plant’s characteristics– how it looks, tastes, grows– are predetermined.
While you can obtain seeds from many sources (some good, some not so good), many people believe the most resilient and tastiest foods come from open-pollinated seed that is saved from season to season. This is because seed savers are able to select seeds from the tastiest and healthiest plants.
A seed library supports this process by creating the opportunity for multiple seed savers to work together in this process. Seed library members each contribute towards creating plants that are tasty, health, and suited to our bioregion through their individual efforts.