AAMLO Seed Lending Library Expansion

Veda Silva, Museum Project Coordinator, introduces you to the new and improved Seed Lending Library at AAMLO

Recently the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) rededicated the space allowed for its new and improved seed library. This idea of seed sharing and back to the earth ideas evoke images of 60s flower children and forest communes. For those of us older than fifty who among us cannot remember a visit to grandma’s and the unbelievably delicious foods she cooked with vegetables and fruits from her prized garden. Oh my!

Today, nostalgia has been replaced by practicality when it comes to access to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially people who live in inner city neighborhoods that often do not have grocery stores that stock healthy foods. Add to that the spectre of untested genetically modified vegetables that are at this moment in the produce section of your favorite market.

Many of us are unaware that multinational corporations have tried to copyright or otherwise gain legal ownership of certain kinds of seeds. If successful that would make it illegal for anyone to possess, let alone grow, anything from those seeds. If that is not dark enough for you, what if there are no seeds to be had? What if all of the seeds that normally come with all of our fruits and vegetables were rendered inert, and unable to produce a next generation? FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

Mayme Netherland gardening in front yard at 1104 32nd St. Oakland, California

For all of these reasons and more the seed library at AAMLO exists to provide a much needed public service and to spark among the people an activity that is empowering, life saving and fun! Seeds are the germinators of life. When nurtured and cared for they provide us with a marvelous bounty! Just like AAMLO. How appropriate and fitting!

THERE WAS A VISION, A SEED WAS PLANTED A FEW YEARS AGO. NOW THE SEED HAS BLOSSOM INTO THE NEW AAMLO 21ST CENTURY SEED LENDING LIBRARY.

Special thank you to the following individuals for your expertise and ongoing support, Urban Gardener Ms. Noble-Levingston and Master Gardener BL.

Thank you to The Plant Good Seed Company and Petaluma Seed Bank for your generous seed donation.

As always, thank you to the Friends and Stewards of AAMLO.

HERE’S TO HAPPY GARDENING AND A BETTER LIFE! AAMLO SEED LENDING LIBRARY A GIFT FROM ALL OF US TO YOU!

Veda Silva, Museum Project Coordinator