"I will argue that every scrap of biological diversity is priceless, to be learned and cherished, and never to be surrendered without a struggle."
A community seed bank, sometimes known as a seed library, is geared toward protecting biodiversity, is a way for people to save seed, and share locally-adapted seed. Unlike the massive seed banks which keep seed in cold temperatures for decades, a community seed bank is all about saving and using the seed in the next growing season – a renewing cycle each season.
We strongly believe that in a world where our food security is threatened, every single person should have access to seed. This can allow us to collectively plan as communities how we adapt to a changing planet.
If you have seed from a variety of flower or vegetable that you have grown for years or that has been passed down to you, or if you know of local varieties that you would like to see preserved then please do get in contact.
We'll be updating this website over the coming weeks and months with links to resources and future events.
The community seed swap forms part of our launch day for the Guildford Seed Bank, a seed sovereignty initiative aimed at giving the community a thriving, sustainable source of seeds that are adapted to local growing conditions. We are very greatful to the suppliers who have kindly donated seeds for this launch event.
How does it work?
The aim of the seed bank is to build a network of growers who are interested in seed saving and who are keen to get more people growing. Each grower (or group) then waits for the plant to go produce seed and harvests it. In the autumn we will then get together to pool our harvests. The seeds will then be distributed to anyone who would like to grow their own.