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.