FIVE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED FIFTY SEVEN! That’s how many seed packs our community has borrowed from Chico Seed Lending Library over the last 3.7 years. There have been over 1,600 seed packets borrowed in 2017 alone -AND we have not finished recording the year!
This is hundreds of thousands of individual seed being planted in our community!
We keep track of this information by taking seed inventory each month (with the exception of a few months) in order to gauge the success of the seed library overall as well as to see what kind of trends in borrowing occur over the course of the year and what types of seed people seem most interested in borrowing.
The above graph illustrates seed borrowing of all types of seed per month (with the exception of a few months each year and September through December of this year). The trends have changed somewhat over the years. In 2014 March and May were prime borrowing months yet in 2016 April and June were the months most seed was borrowed. And in 2017 March and August were the best borrowing months. It’s fascinating to see what the trends tells us and speculate on the reasons why…
The 3 graphs above illustrate each type of seed we have in our collection and the borrowing trends over the last 3.7 years. We categorize types by Cool Season, Warm Season and Flowers/Herbs/Medicinals (which also include CA native seed). This helps us see the overall trend in seed type people borrow most. It’s clear that, for an as yet unknown reason, people are borrowing Cool Season seed less than in the last few years. But Warm Season and F/H/M seed are on an obvious upward borrowing trend.
While this data is not perfect it does help CSLL seed librarians, who oversee the library’s seed stock, know what type of seed are of most use to our community -which then helps us ensure we have plenty available for borrowing.
We are still in the process of collecting data on Returned seed. If you have seed you have borrowed and wish to return it to CSLL please make sure to follow the seed protocol we have in place and ensure you give your seed to the Chico Library reference desk staff so we can keep track efficiently and also provide you with a huge Thank You!