From GLENDA ANDERSON
The Press Democrat
Directly across from the non-fiction aisle in remote Round Valley’s small but modern public library sits an old-fashioned card catalogue representing a growing trend: seed lending.
“We’re the first in Mendocino County,” said Pat Sobrero, the Covelo library technician who initiated the seed-lending library in June.
Seed saving and lending is an old tradition that is enjoying a resurgence that’s made its way into public libraries.
The first modern-day seed library in the United States is believed to be the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library, or BASIL, established in about 1999 at the Berkeley Ecology Center.
Now there are at least 170 such libraries in more than 35 states…
About two dozen are in Northern California with more to come. Seed libraries currently are being considered for Healdsburg and Ukiah, library officials confirmed…
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