The International Seed Library Forum , May 3-6, 2015, has some remarkable speakers confirmed already: Neil Thapar, Scott Chaskey, Jim Veteto, Virginia Nazarea, Neil Hamilton, Cary Fowler, among others. The International Seed Library is co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Southwest Center, Pima County Public Library, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Edible Baja AZ, & Mercado, San Agustin.
Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/11/setting-record-straight-legality-seed-libraries After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a seed bank in the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law.
Over 300 nonprofit seed libraries in the U.S. might be regulated out of existence due to misapplication of seed laws by several state departments of agriculture. I believe seed libraries are key to a more secure and resilient food system. Seed libraries provide free access to seeds, protect the diversity of our food sources, and educate community members about growing food and saving seed.