Utne Reader reports that a small number of public libraries around the country are beginning to do for seeds what they have long done for books. Free vegetable seeds are now shelved at the public library in Richmond, California, where patrons can check out tomato and lettuce seeds alongside the latest Stieg Larsson novel. Come harvest time, participants are encouraged to practice the centuries old art of saving seeds and return a few to the library's shelves.
Seed-lending programs have taken root in at least three other public libraries in California and one in Fairfield, Connecticut. Richmond offers a wealth of seed saving resources on their own website http://www.richmondgrows.org, including recommended books, what types of seeds to save and tips for starting a library in your town. Source: Utne Reader, The Best of the Alternative Press (Sept-Oct 2011)