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Student Creates Seed Exchange
Alicia Serratos, a middle-school student in Orange County, Calif., hatched the idea of starting 3 Sisters Seed Box, a seed exchange similar to the popular Little Free Library system. The concept caught on in 2020 and she has now shipped more than 100 seed-library starter kits to communities throughout the country.
Serratos says the mission of 3 Sisters Seed Box is to teach people the practice of seed saving, increase food security, and provide people with a deeper connection to nature.
Her seed box idea started out as a Girl Scout project and quickly turned into a nationwide movement. Seed Savers Exchange donated heirloom seeds for the project and the Community Seed Network mapped all of the seed-library locations.
The 3 Sisters Seed Box website invites people to request a seed box that “makes it easy to establish a seed library.” Each box contains an information binder with an overview of seed libraries, 20 containers to house each seed variety, 20 packs of seeds, 20 wooden seed label stakes for labeling newly planted seeds, one pack of envelopes (to check out and return seeds), and one pack of pens. The request form for a seed box asks the inquirer to describe where the seed library will be set up, including confirmation permission for the proposed location. Most seed libraries are located in schools, public libraries, community centers, senior centers and other sites easily accessible to community members.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, 3 Sisters Seed Box (www.3sistersseedbox.wordpress.com).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3