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Seed libraries provide a source of locally adapted seeds and food, contribute to the conservation of rare varieties through a community initiative, are a source of enjoyment and satisfaction. Davis-Hollander will discuss some of the basic strategies and techniques for seed preservation so participants can begin to learn and help create a local seed library beginning in 2015.  He will explain the initial  plans for the library, how library patrons can be involved and invites discussion to establish the community’s vision for a seed library.

Lawrence Davis-Hollander is an ethnobotanist and former Director of the Eastern Native Seed Conservancy a regional organization which began in 1993 to  collect and preserve rare heirloom seeds and advocate for their use by farmers, chefs and the public. He is a garden writer for several magazines, author of “Tomato: A fresh-from the-vine Cookbook”, and a principal of Dandelion Gardening Arts, dandeliongardeningarts.com. In addition he works at the Scoville Memorial Library and is Adult Program Coordinator.