Seeds serve several functions for the plants that produce them. Key among these functions are nourishment of the embryo, dispersal to a new location, and dormancy during unfavorable conditions.
Seed sharing is the age-old practice of saving seeds from your own plants and sharing them with others. At first glance, it can seem like a quaint hobby, but seed saving and sharing can actually be an act of building resilience.
Resilience is defined as a small group or individual “innovative code” that can create and disseminate new values and refocus our view on Nature and consumerism. Resilience is also defined by diversity and security, both of which come with seed libraries.
A local seed library serves many functions:
Storing / saving genetic material
Educating on beneficial crop types
Bartering and replacing poor performing seeds with superior seeds
Eliminating harmful chemicals
Coupling with permaculture practices to strengthen the community as a whole