It was a bitter cold afternoon, and I honestly don't know if my goosebumps were from the cold or being awed at the participation and dedication of the people who braved the cold to come out to The Learning Garden's Chi Patio to form the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA). We elected officers and established a $10 membership fee. It is hoped that this will be a lifetime fee, but we have no history to go on.
The meeting went smoothly - perhaps the cold inspired folks with more to say to moderate their comments? - and we all left with a real sense that we had 'done something' to make Los Angeles a better place to live, a more sustainable, yes, even 'resilient', city. It was as though we had offered a stone from David's sling at the Goliaths of the seed industry who have pushed the home gardener further and further from their demographic.
We meet again on January 15th at 2:30 in the afternoon. Part of our agenda will be ask all members to sign the Safe Seed Pledge and promise to learn to grow their plants in a way that will help us provide a long term solution to the crises of our loss of genetic diversity and to keep alive these valuable older seed varieties that gardeners can save to grow next year and be independent of the seed industry that pushes more and more hybrids on the average gardener.
This was an exciting meeting and already we have twelve initial members. When I handed over my ten bucks, I felt almost as though I signed another Declaration of Independence. All these wonderful people out in the cold to insure a safe seed supply in Los Angeles just made me absolutely giddy!
Please come out and be a part of this vital community effort to help save the seeds of history to feed us today and tomorrow.