The Bay Area Seed Exchange: Budget Gardening Tip

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’re in luck. Local gardeners and farmers can “check out” seeds through the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) Project. The requirement: you must attempt to grow the seeds and return some seeds of the next generation at the end of the growing season.

If a local abundance of fertile and non-engineered seeds can be gathered, the group can then participate in the International Solidarity Seed Project by donating our surplus to communities around the world that have difficulty accessing viable, open-pollinated seeds.

The Ecology Center (2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley) houses the seed library. Fill out a membership application and sign out some seeds. More info: (510) 658-9178

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