Welcome to the Portal-Rodeo Seed Library site.
This is a project geared to forming a learning community around the saving and sharing of seeds for both edible and non-edible plants.
Seed saving is a part of our heritage and is also important in preserving biodiversity and improving our food sovereignty. The idea of seed saving is to save seeds from the best plants each year for planting again the next year. By doing this, the seeds are better adapted to our unique conditions. This also helps to preserve unique seed varieties. (The diversity of seeds in the world has dramatically decreased due to commercial seed farming practices.)
- Information about our seed library
- Seed saving tips
- Growing guide
- Places to get native and organic seeds
For more information, contact Karen at karen at k12opened dot com.
- Tips from Native Seeds/SEARCH
- Sign the Joint Resolution in Support of Seed Libraries here.
- Edible Baja recently ran a story on seed libraries, and our very own library was included!
- The first International Seed Library forum was held in May, 2015 in Tucson. Here’s an article about it.
- Some state departments of agriculture have threatened the continued existence of seed libraries under laws intended for commercial seed sellers. (Seed laws exist to regulate entities that sell or commercially exchange seeds. A seed library is a noncommercial nonprofit cooperative organization that receives donations of seed and encourages members to learn about seed saving and donate seeds back.) If you want to protest this action, you can sign this petition.
- Seed libraries were recently on the national news. And here’s a story about our very own seed library.