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    What Are Seed Libraries And Why Are They Important? An Explainer

    When in doubt, grow local.

    If you've ever gardened or planted anything, you know that seeds are awesome little miracles of nature.

    What you might not know is that many libraries and other public spaces have an awesome resources called seed library.

    Seed libraries are more or less exactly what they sound like: Collections of local herb, vegetable, flower, and fruit seeds that people can "borrow" and then plant on their own.

    They play a big part in educating the public on local agriculture, bringing new plants into circulation, and promoting biodiversity.

    Growing plants this way lets you learn more about the land around you and what thrives there, and grow awesome heirloom varieties, like this corn.

    While some of the libraries let people take seeds for free, others ask that people grow the seeds into full-blown plants, and then bring the seeds from those plants back to the library to continue the cycle of lending and borrowing.

    If you want to find out if there's a seed library near you, check out online listings like this one, or ask at your local library.

    Happy planting!