Seed Inventory Update!

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8 varieties of Bush Bean, 5 varieties of Pole Bean, Yardlong, Cow Pea, and Edamame!

Chico Seed Lending Library now has more than 23 varieties of Beans for your growing, eating and seed saving pleasure! ALL beans are ‘Beginner’ so a very easy type from which to save seed. Please consider growing out some of these varieties and returning them to CSLL!

Simply allow some of the beans to dry in their pods on the plants before collecting, but gather them before they shatter. Spread the collected pods on a tarp and gently step or rub the pods together to separate the pod from the seed. Blow the chaff away using the wind or a fan and collect the seed. Here is a video from Sow True Seed which shows you how. Do ensure the seeds are completely dry before storing in an airtight container. Then follow the steps on our seed donation page and bring some back to CSLL!

Family Common Name Scientific Name Variety Qty
Fabaceae Yardlong Bean Vigna unguiculata Thai Suranaree 10
Fabaceae Tepary Bean Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius Mitla Black 14
Fabaceae Tepary Bean Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius Gold 8
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Rolande 10
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Provider 14
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Kentucky Wonder -bush 10
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Black Turtle 10
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Royalty Purple 10
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Harvester 10
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Nickel Filet 10
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris French Filet 14
Fabaceae Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris French Marcotte 12
Fabaceae French Bush Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Roc d’or 9
Fabaceae Pole Bean Phaseolus vulgaris German Pole Bean 12
Fabaceae Pole Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Blue Lake 12
Fabaceae Pole Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Mama’s Cannellini 11
Fabaceae Pole Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Old Homestead 13
Fabaceae Pole Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Kentucky Wonder -pole 12
Fabaceae Runner Bean Phaseolus coccineus White Emergo 3
Fabaceae Cowpea Phaseolus unguiculata California blackeye 10
Fabaceae Lima Bean Phaseolus lunatus Henderson’s Baby 1
Fabaceae Soybean Glycine max Surge 1
Fabaceae Soybean Glycine max Edamame 10

More than 300 seed packs were added to our inventory at our monthly ‘Lettuce Get Together‘ yesterday, thanks to volunteers who help us keep our inventory strong! Check out the full CSLL seed inventory for the list of all seed we have available for you to borrow.

Since January of this year CSLL members have borrowed more than 1000 seed packs, which is almost double what was borrowed in all of last year! We now ask that members also return some seed so we can locally adapt this seed to our bioregion! We have helpful information on Donating and Returning Seed but feel free to contact us if you need additional information to info@chicoseedlendinglibrary.org!

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3,663 Seed Packs!

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THREE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED SIXTY THREE! That’s how many seed packets our community has borrowed from Chico Seed Lending Library over the last 3 years. There was 1,500 seed packets borrowed in 2016 alone!

We keep track of this information by taking seed inventory each month (with the exception of only 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.

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Above is a graph which illustrates seed borrowing of all types of seed per month. It’s clear that April is THE month people are most engaged in the seed library… which makes sense as this is a prime gardening month. The soil is warm so seed germinates easily and the warming weather allows plants to grow quickly.

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Above are 3 graphs which illustrates each type of seed and the borrowing trends over the last 3 years. We categorize types by Cool Season, Warm Season and Flowers/Herbs/Medicinals (which also include CA native seed). This helps us see what types people are borrowing overall in certain months of the year.

This data is not perfect but does help CSLL seed librarians, who oversee the library’s seed stock, know when and what type of seed are of most use to our community which then helps to ensure we have plenty available for borrowing.

This year we will begin collecting data on seed that is Returned to the seed library as well as donations made to CSLL. If you have seed you have borrowed and wish to return some of that seed 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!

We hope our community is enjoying CSLL and we wish you all a great gardening year!

8th Annual Seed Swap

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The Chico Seed Lending Library is hosting the 8th Annual Seed Swap, a community event in celebration of seed, seed saving and the joy of the approaching gardening season. This annual exchange of seed will take place on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from 12-3pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church (285 E 5th St) in downtown Chico.

New this year, we will open up the seed swap at 11:30AM for people who have home-grown seed & seed stories to share, face to face, with local seed savers.

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The Seed Swap is a free event and will include the open exchange of seed as well as plants, bulbs, and cuttings, and scion wood in a ‘potluck’ style setting. There will also be vendors with food, drinks, seed, and plants for sale in addition to local non-profits, music, and fun for all ages.

For over 7 years Chico’s Annual Seed Swap events have been a great way to bring our community together to share seed, garden ideas and farming information.  In addition to the traditional exchange of seed there will be the opportunity for participants to exchange plants and scion wood too. For those who may not know, scion wood is the top section of a healthy tree branch, typically a fruit tree, which has been cut in order to be grafted onto a different tree or root stock. Exchanging locally adapted fruit trees, in particular, is a huge asset to local food security.

The Seed Swap will also have local vendors selling plants, seeds, vegetables and other garden related items. Delicious food and drinks will be for sale, generously donated by Chico Natural Foods Cooperative. There will also be community non-profits and local groups sharing information about seed saving, gardening, agriculture, and environmental topics.

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How it the Seed Swap Works: The seed exchange itself functions in the same manner as a community potluck: there will be more than 8 tables for seed each labeled with a different type, such as warm and cool season vegetables, flowers, native plants, herbs and more.  Participants place their clearly labeled bulk or packaged seed on the appropriate table then continue around to the other tables to gather seed that others have brought.  Often whole packets of seed are left on the tables, but opening them and taking only what you need and sharing the rest is in the nature of the Seed Swap.

Providing seed to share is not required but bringing your own pen and envelopes or other containers to store your new seed is a real help to everyone. The exchange of root divisions, cuttings, plants, scion wood, and garden harvests is also something people enjoy doing at the Seed Swap. This annual community event is always free and a fun way to celebrate the approaching Spring season for all members of our community.

You can Volunteer to help with the Seed Swap by signing up to work a shift or two such as set up or helping serve food. Signing up to volunteer is simple and done online at the Seed Swap iVolunteer website: http://seedvolunteer.ivolunteer.com/8thannualseedswap. Volunteers are greatly appreciated and receive a bonus for their help.

Seed Swap Hosts and Sponsors Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL), Earthshed Solutions and the GRUB Education Program have hosted the annual Seed Swaps since its inception 8 years ago. The Trinity United Methodist Church is generously providing the location for this event and Chico Natural Foods Cooperative and Redwood Seed are both sponsoring the 8th Annual Seed Swap.

 

Tomatoes!!

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 9th from 4:30 – 7:00pm in the meeting room of the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA).

Do you have tomatoes coming out of your ears?

If you do bring in some of your favorite varieties for a Tomato Tasting and Seed Saving Demonstration! You’ll learn how to process & save your tomato seed for next season and taste some delicious local tomato varieties. And even if you don’t have buckets of tomatoes come on in anyway and enjoy!

At 4:30 we’ll start with our Seed Library Orientation for those who are new or would like to know more about how to best utilize CSLL. We’ll provide information about how our seed borrowing system works, our different levels of seed saving for returning or donating true to type seed and how to advance your knowledge of seed saving in general.

Around 5pm we’ll start packing seed for our inventory and discuss our monthly seed topic which is TOMATOES!

At each and every ‘Lettuce Get Together’ you are able to:

  • Become a member of CSLL (the only requirement is to be an existing library card holder; if you’re not it’s free and easy to do!)
  • CSLL Orientation to learn how to best utilize the seed library
  • Check out up to 5 seed packs per season
  • Seed saving education and discussions (discussions include timely local gardening information)
  • Package up diverse seed varieties

We hope to see you at our ‘Lettuce Get Together’. You can join our ‘LGT’ on Facebook too!

In Seedy Abundance,

~The Chico Seed Lending Library Team
Sherri Scott, Jane Hirtel, Joan Bosque, Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper and Sarah Vantrease

(CSLL is a collaborative program lead by Earthshed Solutions, GRUB Education Program and the Butte County Library)

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New Seed Varieties!

 

We have many new varieties of seed!

 

At our June ‘Lettuce Get Together’ yesterday our wonderful volunteers helped package up summer grains for CSLL members to borrow. The varieties are so unique so we thought to share a bit more about them than the simple list we have in our Seed Inventory.

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Jobs Tears seed (Coix lacryma-jobi)

The first photo is a grain called Jobs Tears. From the Poaceae family this summer grain grows much like its relative corn. And like corn Jobs Tears do like water and are a perennial in areas with no major frost. Its beautiful seed can be used for crafts and the seed has a small hole in the center which makes it perfect for use as a bead in jewelry! It has also been used as a grain and medicine for centuries in Asia.

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Sesame seed (Sesamum indicum)

Next is Sesame! This variety was grown and shared with CSLL by co-founder and primary seed educator, Sherri Scott.  We also have an Afghan variety donated to us from Redwood Seed. Sesame is VERY heat and drought tolerant so is a perfect grain choice for our bioregion.

As Redwood Seed tells us on their website they are, “Graceful plants produce multitudes of tan sesame seeds along tall stalks. The dried seeds taste nutty; they can be dry roasted and used whole in cooking or ground into a paste.  Beautiful white flowers are tubular.” Sesame is a gorgeous plant all on its own as one can see from the photos here.

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Hopi Red Dye Amaranth seed

One more unique seed variety is the Hopi Red Dye Amaranth. This gorgeous amaranth plant is grown for both it’s nutritious edible greens as well as its vibrant red dye. The Hopi have mixed the plant with flour corn for centuries to make their world-renowned piki bread. Native Seeds/SEARCH tells us how to make piki bread or tortillas, “To use Hopi Red Dye for piki or tortillas, soak a large handful of flowers, leaves, and stems in water overnight in water. Mix the water with finely ground cornmeal to the desired consistency. It will result in a pink or fuchsia colored batter. Alternatively grind the flour bracts on a metate and add to cornmeal.

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NEW SEED TO BORROW!

In addition to the varieties we mentioned above we have LOADS more seed for you borrow, as you can see from the photo at left. So come on in, check them out and CHECK THEM OUT!!

Thanks for supporting CSLL and have a great beginning to summer!

In Seedy Abundance,

~The Chico Seed Lending Library Team
Sherri Scott, Jane Hirtel, Joan Bosque, Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper and Sarah Vantrease
(CSLL is a collaborative program lead by Earthshed Solutions, GRUB Education Program and the Butte County Library)

 

April ‘Lettuce Get Together’

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April 12th from 4:30 – 7:30pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave.)

We will hold our Seed Library Orientation for those who are new or would like to know more about how to best utilize CSLL. We will provide you with information about how our seed borrowing system works, our different levels of seed saving expertise for returning or donating true to type seed and how to advance your knowledge of seed saving in general.

While we package up seeds for our seed inventory we will talk about HERBS. We’ll also discuss the benefits herbs bring to our gardens as companions and insectary plants -plants that attract beneficial insects (pollinators and predators to help us with pest control) and provide necessary food and shelter. Feel free to bring along some edible, medicinal or other herbs you are growing and share your experiences in both growing and/or saving their seed.

At each and every ‘Lettuce Get Together’ you are able to:

  • Become a member of CSLL (the only requirement is to be an existing library card holder; if you’re not it’s free and easy to do!)
  • CSLL Orientation to learn how to best utilize the seed library
  • Check out up to 5 seed packs per season
  • Seed saving education and discussions (discussions include timely local gardening information)
  • Package up diverse seed varieties


We hope to see you at our next ‘Lettuce Get Together’!!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1094499260573242/

March ‘Lettuce Get Together’

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March 8th from 4:30 – 7:30pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave.)

We will hold our Seed Library Orientation for those who are new or would like to know more about how to best utilize CSLL. We will provide you with information about how our seed borrowing system works, our different levels of seed saving expertise for returning or donating true to type seed and how to advance your knowledge of seed saving in general.

While we package up BEAN seeds for our seed inventory we will talk about BEGINNER SEED CROPS. Beginner seeds can be fairly reliably saved without cross-pollination. These crops are a great place to start and learn about saving seeds and include:

  • Asteraceae (lettuce, sunflower, artichoke)
  • Fabaceae (bean, lentil, pea, peanut)
  • Solanaceae (tomatoes in particular are Beginner in this family)

We will also have a ROOT TASTING to enjoy sharing our crop harvest of the early spring season. Carrots, radishes, turnips, parsnips, beets and more. You can bring a certain variety you enjoy and/or make a dish with the root crop for sharing potluck style.

At each and every ‘Lettuce Get Together’ you are able to:

  • Become a member of CSLL (the only requirement is to be an existing library card holder; if you’re not it’s free and easy to do!)
  • CSLL Orientation to learn how to best utilize the seed library
  • Check out up to 5 seed packs per season
  • Seed saving education and discussions (discussions include timely local gardening information)
  • Package up diverse seed varieties


We hope to see you at our next ‘Lettuce Get Together’!!

NEW YEAR CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CSLL!!

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Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL) is hosting our ‘Lettuce Get Together’ event THURSDAY, January 7th from 4:30 – 7:30pm. We will meet in the meeting room of the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA).

Our January monthly event kicks off the New Year with our new extended time (4:30 – 7:30pm) which includes season-based gardening information and a CSLL orientation!

  • We will begin this month with a brief discussion provided by Cultivating Community North Valley (CCNV) about “What Is a Scion?”. This plant propagation discussion is in anticipation of the inclusion of a Scion Swap at the 7th Annual Seed Swap on January 30th. There is also a Fruit Tree Grafting workshop on January 11th from 1-4pm at Jarvis Senior Apartments, 2001 Notre Dame Blvd hosted by CCNV. [For more information about the grafting workshop contact Colleen Wofchuck at (239) 272-9661.]
  • Then we will hold our first official Seed Library Orientation for all those who are new or would like to know more about how to best utilize CSLL. We will provide you with information about how our seed borrowing system works, our different levels of seed saving expertise for returning or donating true to type seed and how to advance your knowledge of seed saving in general.
  • And lastly while we package up seeds for our seed inventory we will talk about responsible seed companies, share catalogs, and chat about the up-and-coming 7th Annual Seed Swap.

You can now view CSLL’s full 2016 ‘LGT’ schedule online!

Keep in mind that at each and every ‘Lettuce Get Together’ you are able to:

  • Become a member of CSLL (the only requirement is to be an existing library card holder; if you’re not it’s free and easy to do!)
  • CSLL Orientation to learn how to best utilize the seed library
  • Check out up to 5 seed packs per season
  • Seed saving education and discussions (discussions include timely local gardening information with CCNV)
  • Package up diverse seed varieties

 

We hope to see you at our next ‘Lettuce Get Together’!!

In Seedy Abundance,
~The Chico Seed Lending Library Team
Sherri Scott, Jane Hirtel, Joan Bosque, Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper and Sarah Vantrease

(CSLL is collaborative program lead by Earthshed Solutions, GRUB Education Program and the Butte County Library)

7th Annual Seed Swap

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WHEN: Saturday, January 30th, 2016 from 12pm – 3pm

WHERE: Trinity United Methodist Church (285 E. 5th Street in Chico)

Join our Facebook event page!

~ Always A Free Community Event ~

EVENT DETAILS

  • SEED SWAP ‘Potluck’ Style
  • Plant & Scion Swap
  • Seeds & Plants For Sale
  • Community Non-Profits
  • Food & Drinks For Sale by Chico Natural Foods
  • Silent Auction (a benefit for the 8th annual seed swap)

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What To Bring

  • Surplus Seeds, Bulbs, Plants, Cuttings & Scion To Exchange (please label your items)
  • Used Envelopes/Containers & Pens/Pencils

~ You Do Not Need Seeds To Attend ~

To Volunteer

We’re always looking for people to help out with this annual event. If you are interested please follow the link below.

Sign Up to Volunteer Online: http://volunteercpg.ivolunteer.com/volunteer7thannualseedswap

 For More Information

  • Sherri Scott (GRUB Education Program, CSLL) 342-3376, sherri@grubchico.org
  • Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper (Earthshed Solutions, CSLL) 828-6390, modcpg@gmail.Com
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~ Always A Free Community Event ~

SEED DONORS

A special shout out of thanks and gratitude to the seed companies below that DONATED SEED for our 7th Annual Seed Swap! Please consider utilizing them for your future seed needs!

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At the Seed Swap please consider donating through the jars on tables or through our Silent Auction! Thank you!

CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ and 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

CSLL is 2 YEARS OLD!

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DATE: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHERE: Meeting Room of the Chico Branch, Butte County Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA

Come join the Chico Seed Lending Library to learn more about what it is and how you can be a part of it, help package seeds and share some garden stories. This month is a great time to sow wildflower seeds. We’ll talk about why flowers are an important part of the garden and other timely garden topics. We’ll also have information about how to make seed balls with wildflower seed.

From 7-7:30 we will wind up the gathering with an herb tasting with Cultivating Community North Valley. There will be different herbs to smell and taste, including all kinds of flavors of basil, some Asian herbs, some Latin American herbs, some familiar, some new.

We’ll also be celebrating our 2 year Anniversary so join us for an evening of seed, community and fun!

Here are some other things you’ll be able to do:
* Become a member of CSLL (the only requirement is to be an existing library card holder; if you’re not it’s free and easy to do!)
* Ask questions about the seed library and other seedy questions
* Check out up to 5 seed packs per season

If you’re looking to know what seed we have available check out our blog for our most recently updated seed inventory. https://chicoseedlendinglibrary.wordpress.com/csll-seed-inventory/

For more information:
Email: chicoseedlibrary@gmail.com
CSLL blog: https://chicoseedlendinglibrary.wordpress.com/
CSLL Butte County website: http://www.buttecounty.net/bclibrary/ChicoSeedLending.aspx

~The Chico Seed Lending Library Team
Sherri Scott, Jane Hirtel, Joan Bosque, Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper and Sarah Vantrease

(CSLL is a collaborative program lead by the Chico Permaculture Guild, GRUB Education Program and the Butte County Library)