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You are invited to Help Develop a National Seed Library Protocol & Change Seed Laws as Needed

You are invited to Help Develop a National Seed Library Protocol & Change Seed Laws as Needed

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Petaluma Seed Bank Leslie Goldman Photo

 

View the future!  This is the Petaluma Seed Bank,  where the dreams and visions of a teenager years ago, Jere Gettle, gave birth to the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed collection, and with the help of an outstanding staff, the upcoming National Heirloom Expo September 9,10,11, 2014.  The national Seed Library movement was not on my radar until Johnny Zook, Seed Program Supervisor for the Penn Department of Ag wrote a well intended letter to the  newly formed Simpson Seed Library in Mechanicsburg, PA, June 12.  He let them know that there were state Seed Laws.  A few months later, we have an opportunity, as Departments of Ag everywhere are looking into Seed Library Protocols and how individual Seed Laws relate to Seed Libraries.  Will you, as a Seed Saving Enthusiast,  as a Supporter of Seed Libraries, as a GMO Educator. answers some informed answers  to Johnny Zook so that National Seed Library Protocols can reflect deep wisdom? 

 

THIS AN EMAIL FROM JOHNNY ZOOK AUGUST 28, 2014

 

In recent weeks, after establishing communication with Johnny Zook, Seed Program Supervisor for the PA Department of Ag, the staff member who initiated the Letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to Simpson Library (PDF, 756KB, 2 pages) to let them know about the existence of Seed Laws, and after  numbers of emails,  I introduced him to a Seed Library Leader.  In doing  research on the Suggested Seed Library Protocol from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture that were accepted “as is” by the Simpson Seed Library, it became clear that additional Protocols were needed that would meet the needs of Seed Libraries.  These Four Questions from Johnny Zook of Aug 28, 2014,  are intended to Help Develop a National Seed Library Protocol.
On Aug 28, 2014, at 12:23 PM, “Zook, Johnny” <jzook@pa.gov> wrote:

Hi Leslie,

Because the Seed Library issue is getting a lot of publicity, I think it is putting pressure on a number of States to consider how Seed Libraries relate (or will relate) to their Seed Laws.

With this in mind, I think it’s important everyone involved to be open to discussion and to be responsive to those discussions so that Seed Libraries’ concerns can be part of the formative process of working out the relationship between Seed Libraries – and the various Seed Laws.

Regards
Johnny

JOHNY ZOOK’S QUESTIONS FOR SEED LIBRARY LEADERS 

On Aug 28, 2014, at 10:51 AM, “Zook, Johnny”  wrote:
I’m trying to get a thoughtful response to some questions on Seed Libraries. I would very much appreciate your thoughts/concerns/suggestions.

1) One can develop local eco-type adapted seeds by simply obtaining one’s initial starter seed from a swap of locally harvested seeds – I believe this would answer the diversity concern. What do you think?

2) Every Seed Library protocol I have read online says that if you aren’t able to “return” harvested seed to the Seed Library; either give a donation so heirloom seeds can be purchased or buy heirloom seed yourself to return – no different than the protocol having the Library provided heirloom seeds – Or am I missing something here?

3) Why insist on a single collection point of seed? Wouldn’t having the members of the Seed Library store the seed make for a more robust system? Seeds stored at any single location are susceptible to a total-loss incident and years of adapting seeds to local climate and local taste could be completely lost.

4) Some people have said to me that not being able to “return” the seed to the library destroys the Seed Library – why? The Library still has an important role to play in outreach, tracking and organizing of seed’s and member’s information, Seed swap location/meeting place, seed growing/saving/storage education and resources, diversity education, promoting communal sharing, etc… Having more people capable of storing seed means more freedom and more security. In other words, why do some people consider having the harvested seeds returned to the library essential?
Thanks
Johnny

Johnny Zook | Seed Program Supervisor
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture | Bureau of Plant Industry

 

WHERE THE DISCUSSION WAS INTENDED TO TAKE PLACE

Simpson Seed Library- Depart of Ag Wrapup Leslie Goldman @YourEG

http://seedlibraries.org/forum/topics/working-toward-a-national-protocol-changing-the-seed-laws-as-well

 

JOIN THE SEED LIBRARY SOCIAL NETWORK SITE HERE

http://seedlibraries.org/main/invitation/new

 

PAST EVENTS OF INTEREST 2014

 

National Heirloom Expo Leslie Goldman Teaches 11-30 Sept 9 Kraft Hall

UNCLE SAM MARRIES ANTI GMO-Get Engaged M2

The Tentative Dates of the 2015 National Heirloom Expo are September 8, 9, 10, 2015.

 

You are invited to attend The National Heirloom Expo, September 9, 10, 11, 2014 at the Sonoma Fairgrounds. My class, Helping Uncle Sam Marry Auntie (Anti) GMO is intended to give you tools to inspire you  to Take Your Sacred Seeds Out of the Pizza Box and get Engaged planting Heirloom Seeds and Ancient Grains.  The Seeds tell me,  we have to get Engaged before Uncle Sam will Marry Auntie (Anti) GMO.

There will be a National Seed Library Summit 4-6 pm, Wed, September 10.  Check out the Seed Library of Los Angeles Table for the exact location.

Be sure to visit the Speakers Page for the National Heirloom Expo.  I am convinced this is a Historic gathering of Pure Food Seed Freedom Enthusiasts that is not to be missed!

 

 

National Heirloom Expo 2014 Don't miss it

 

MY LINKS

 

PLANTING CLARITY! SIMPSON SEED LIBRARY DEPARTMENT OF AG COMMUNICATIONS

 

http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/Your_Enchanted_Gardener/Leslie_Goldman_Your_EG_Planting_Clarity_Simpson_Seed_Library_DOA_commu.jpg

I ordered some memorability from the Simpson Public Library site that arrived August 18, 2014. I would like to take these to The National Heirloom Expo September 9,10,11 in Santa Rosa, Ca, where I will teach as well as participate in a National Seed Library Summit. I went into the garden to plant Ancient Grains of Kamut ® Khorasan wheat today that had been sprouting during the last week. I am planting seeds for clarity around the Simpson Seed Library-Department of Ag Communications. May good come from the communication. May all our work pave the way for Seed Libraries to continue to flourish with the well wishes of all. May a National Conversation emerge in support of Seed Saving, Support for Seed Libraries, and GMO Education. I wrote Plant Your Dream Blogs to contribute to this clarity and good outcomes. Today, I heard from Johnny Zook, Seed Program Supervisor, Penn Department of Ag, and Jonelle Darr, Cumberland County Executive Director, home of the Simpson Seed Library. Darr thanked me for attempting to correct the facts and said, “From what I could see, the information that you have regarding my statements, and the library’s actions are correct.” Johnny Zook said he liked the story and that I included what needed to be told regarding their communications. Here is the story, “Planting Clarity! Simpson Seed Library and Ag Dept Wrap Up,” “Planting Clarity! Simpson Seed Library and Ag Dept Wrap Up,” –Leslie Goldman, Your Enchanted Gardener, August 18, 2014.

 

WORKING TOWARD A NATIONAL SEED LIBRARY PROTOCOL & CHANGING THE SEED LAWS AS NEEDEDhttp://seedlibraries.org/forum/topics/working-toward-a-national-protocol-changing-the-seed-laws-as-well

PLANTING CLARITY! SIMPSON SEED LIBRARY AND AG DEPT WRAP UP
http://curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2196853

SEED PROTOCOL DISCUSSION GROUP NOTES
http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=2197727

PLANTING SEEDS FOR A NATIONAL CONVERSATION
http://curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2193937

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ASKING FOR SUPPORT FOR SEED LIBRARIES AND GMO EDUCATION
http://curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2193991

HELPING UNCLE SAM MARRY AUNTIE (ANTI) GMO

http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/Your_Enchanted_Gardener/UNCLE_SAM_MARRIES_ANTI_GMO_Get_Engaged_M2_2.jpg

http://curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2181365

TEACHINGS FOR THE NATIONAL HEIRLOOM EXPO FROM LESLIE GOLDMAN 2014

I am schedule to teach Helping Uncle Sam Marry Auntie (Auntie) GMO
at 11:30 Tuesday, September 9, in Kraft Hall.

I am scheduled to teach Growing a Healthier Pizza with Plant Your Dream Seeds, with the youth, at 12:15-12:45 pm,, Wed, September 10, 2014 in the Educational & Fun Area.

http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=2197699

A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF CORRESPONDENCE AND PRESS ON THE JOSEPH T. SIMPSON LIBRARY SITE REGARDING THEIR SEED LIBRARY

The Simpson Public Library has done a wonderful job of detailing the main communications about the unfoldment of these events.

http://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/?q=SIM_SeedLibrary

http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/Your_Enchanted_Gardener/How_Fast_Can_A_Dream_Grow_ask_Leslie_Goldman_S.jpg

This Art, How Fast Can a Dream Grow! As Fast as a Blade of Grass! is the centerpiece of our Grow A Healthier Pizza Campaign. Canvas copies are available. Contact me, 619.384.2631.

 

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