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Museum starting seed library for urban farmers

One of four episodes about the Hull-House Urban Farm from 2010.

Hull-House Museum Opens Seed Library with Federal Grant

UIC News Release
University of Illinois at Chicago Office of Public Affairs
May 18, 2011


The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will open a public heirloom seed library with a federal grant of more than $15,000.

The library will provide free, regionally adapted seeds to urban farmers and gardeners. People may apply for library cards to obtain seeds if they agree to plant the seeds, nurture the plants, and return some seeds from the next generation at the end of the season.

Museum director Lisa Lee says a seed library can make new connections between environmental and cultural diversity.

“The seed library will foster sustainable food systems throughout the city. It will make a necessary resource accessible to a broad group of people, create a new community of urban farmers, and bridge those who grow for fun and those who must grow out of necessity,” Lee said.

Read the complete article here.

See the Hull-House Museum Heirloom Farm here.

1 comment

1 Jan Tucker { 07.01.12 at 7:54 pm }

I am a US citizen living in Lima, Peru and wanting to grow in Aquaponic systems thing from the USA that we can not find here and in sustainable projects. Can I have seed from your heritage collection for fruits, veggies, and herbs, and I will return them to you and send you seeds you may want from Peru that are not native to the USA for your banking them and saving this country´s biodiversity and growing them there for research and study, etc? I need things like sweet white and yellow corn, walla walla sweet onions, vidalia onions, chives and shallots, unprocessed macadamia nut for trees, pistachio nuts for trees, raspberries seeds, rhubarb seeds, thornless blackberries from seeds, grape tomatoes, triple L crop or Italian tree tomatoes like are grown aquaponically at Epcot Center in Orlando, pumpkin pie pumpkins, purple bell peppers, purple carrots, blueberry plants from seeds as you have a huge variety there, cranberries from seeds, as we do not have a bunch of these things here and can not get them. We are doing our thesis down here and wanting to feed some of the poorest of poor in the 24 regions of Peru. Thank you Lisa Lee and I can have you mail them to my oldest son in Bothell, WA so he can get them to me the best way possible here in Lima. I am retired and doing a thesis here in Aquaponics.