Monday, March 31, 2014

SeedBroadcasting from Juan Tabo Seed Library

New Mexico Bolitas in the re-purposed card catalog
Seed Catalog at the Juan Tabo Public Seed Library

SeedBroadcast partnered up with the Juan Tabo Public Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico to celebrate and kick-off Albuquerque's first public seed library. Folks came from near and far, curous about the call for seeds and wondering what a seed library could possibly be. New Mexico Master gardeners, volunteers from ABQ BioPark, Wes Brittenham from Plants of the Southwest, and Noel Chilton with SEEDS: A Collective Voice Community Seed Mural were also there to share, educate, and inspire visitors to get the year growing with seeds.

Getting up close with the ABQ BioPark Seed Exploratorium
Community Seed Mural
Library visitor helps create the seed mural

The celebration did not attract massive crowds, but what it did was situated in the everyday. The seed library engaged people who are already using the library, surprising them with the new card catalog addition of seeds to be grown, saved, shared, and realized year after year. Library patrons walked by, arms loaded down with books and packets of seeds, heading home to spend the beautiful spring day outside planting.

Inspired by the seedy inspiration spreading across the country and her love of gardening, Juan Tabo Branch Manager, Brita Sauer, decided to organize the seed library and bring people together around seeds. You can listen to her seed story here.

Library patrons explore the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station

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