Spring into the Cleveland Seed Bank in North Olmsted in Cool Cleveland

by Charles Cassidy, Spring 2017

If you’ve never heard of the Cleveland Seed Bank, you should. Just in time for planting season, the Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Nature Center is helping make the introduction.

Seed banks — both private and government-sponsored — have begun worldwide in response to the fact that Big Ag and factory farming have driven many “heirloom” crop species and biologically diverse herbs to the brink of extinction, as our fields are given over to monocultures, of all the same fruit or vegetable.

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Cleveland Seed Bank offers valuable resources to area gardeners in Plain Press

by Chuck Hoven, April 16, 2015

With the coming of spring, many area residents are beginning to think about what they will plant in their gardens this year. When looking for seeds to plant, residents may want to try checking out some seeds at The Seed Library at the Cleveland Public Library. Participating library branches include the Lorain Branch at 8216 Lorain Avenue; the Carnegie West Branch at 1900 Fulton Road; and the Science and Technology Department of the Main Library on the Third Floor of the Louis Stokes Wing at 325 Superior Avenue.

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Leading Seed Activists Pioneer Cleveland Seed Bank in Edible Columbus

by Teresa Woodard, March 15, 2015

It’s easy to take seeds for granted. They’re small, relatively inexpensive, and readily available. But talk with a seed saver, and you’ll gain a new perspective. They’ll not only tell you about the amazing potential of one tiny tomato seed to grow three feet and produce pounds of delicious fruits, but they’ll also tell you of the stories and culture they hold. And, they’ll urge you to join in a global movement to “save our seeds” to help sustain the planet’s biological diversity and its food supply.

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See The Possible: Cleveland Seed Bank on WKYC

Jeff Reidel, WKYC July 28, 2014

CLEVELAND — It’s one of the things that connects us all: food. One local couple is seeing the possible by creating a way people can grow their own. And all you need is a library card.

At the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, people are learning about seeds. It’s part of Cleveland Seed Library where patrons can check out a variety of seeds and grow their own food.

“We were able to set up five seed sharing stations at five different libraries in the Cleveland area,” said Marilyn McHugh, co-founder of the Cleveland Seed Bank. “It has been really amazing; we’ve gotten a wonderful response.”

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Cleveland Public Libraries Join Seed-Saving Effort in Edible Cleveland

by Brad Masi, Spring 2014

From market farming to urban homesteading, local foods are playing an increasingly important role in Cleveland. A new project promises to increase the resilience of Cleveland’s urban local food system by improving access to heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. The Cleveland Seed Bank, an initiative of the Hummingbird Project, an international permaculture organization, is working to inspire people to protect seed integrity and promote our shared seed heritage.

Typically, gardeners and farmers use seeds that are shipped in from outside of Northeast Ohio. Because most of these seeds are hybridized or, increasingly, genetically modified, seeds generated from these plants will not reproduce. By contrast, heirloom plants generate seeds that can be saved for future years and selected for traits that best match local growing conditions.

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Q&A with Cleveland Seed Bank co-founders Chris Kennedy and Marilyn McHugh in The Plain Dealer

by Julie Washington, March 25, 2014

My story about the Seed Library at the Coventry Village branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library called for a companion story about a similar project (although they are not connected), the Cleveland Seed Bank. When I contacted the Cleveland Seed Bank’s co-founders Chris Kennedy and Marilyn McHugh, I learned that they are working on a project in Kenya. The couple, which lives in Ohio City, agreed to explain how the Cleveland Seed Bank works via an emailed Q&A.

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Galvanized Into Positive Action: This Week in Seeding the Change in Huffington Post

by Ariel Nessel, March 23, 2014

Every day of the week, The Pollination Project provides $1000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world — or just their own community — a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place.

Since we launched a year ago, we’ve funded people and projects in 47 countries around the world. This week, we added two new projects in Uganda, one in Spain and four in the U.S. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week:

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An Open Source Community Model to Save Seeds –a WordPress Seedbank Plugin in The Permaculture Research Institute

 by Lauren Berlekamp, September 25, 2013

Recently, the seed saving movement has regained popularity as part of the growing backlash against the corporatization of the food supply and genetically engineered crops, also known as GMOs. Seed banks, libraries and swaps are springing up across the globe as individuals and communities reclaim access to local, open pollinated sources of seed. For many, the tools related to seed saving have not changed since the time people began sorting, sifting and storing seeds for next year’s bounty. However, one group has a new “weapon of mass creation” to offer the global seed sovereignty movement….

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