The Duluth Public Library offers a unique service to area residents by operating a seed library. This community based project benefits local gardeners who wish to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables adapted to local soils and climates. The seeds are shared – not purchased and growers readily understand that seeds from the library have been grown by amateurs with no guarantee of 100% germination or of absolute varietal purity.
While a unique undertaking in Minnesota, the Duluth Seed Library was conceived by Public Library and the Institute for a Sustainable Future, and includes organizational and volunteer support from the Duluth Community Garden Program, the St. Louis County Master Gardeners and other volunteer community members. The Seed Library received a grant for the 2014/2015 growing season from the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.
Faced with legal barriers, the City of Duluth and its Library are seeking support from gardeners and library patrons from around the state. They are requesting a legislative change to the Minnesota Seed Law that will recognize the value of the seed library and enable the interpersonal sharing of seeds produced and shared in good faith by friends and neighbors interested in connecting with the earth and each other.
Sample Resolution – Copy of the Duluth City Council Resolution which may be adapted locally