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Seed Savers Unite Next Month For Swap in Whittier

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David King, founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles, will be hosting a seed swap and seminar in Whittier on October 13, promoting urban seed saving movement that he and the organization believe will help to preserve our food supply. As news continues to surface about the risk of GMOs and Roundup-ridden goods, the seeds savers are hoping to promote self-sufficiency and independent living through their seminars and community outreach programs.

But what exactly is a seed library, you ask? Seed libraries hold seeds in trust for the community, much like literary libraries. Members "borrow" seeds to grow plants in their garden, and at the end of the growing season, save some seeds from this stock to return to the library. These seeds are available again for others to use for planting. The constant cycling of these living seeds is vital to keep diverse varieties of plants from going extinct. Diversity in food plant variety is one aspect of long-term food security for any human community.

The seed saving seminar will take place at the Strub Avenue Farm in Whittier from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Earlybird tickets are $30, and include lunch. After October 6, ticket prices go up to $40.