project leader
Katie S
location
W Superior Ave & Ontario St
(Cleveland)
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34% to our fundraising goal!

the project

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” -Cicero

We believe Clevelander's deserve a healthier, more resilient food system now and for generations to come. Accessing fresh produce can be challenging for many Ohio families, particularly those living in low-income neighborhoods and rural areas. Across the country,  communities have found a new way for continuing the age-old tradition of seed saving and sharing - Seed Libraries.

The Cleveland Seed Bank “Seed Libraries” allow residents to “check out” a selection of 24 organic, open-pollinated vegetable, herb and edible flower seeds. These varieties are made freely available to our community at each of our Seed Libraries. We are currently partnered with 4 public library systems to support 10 Seed Libraries, spanning Cuyahoga, Lorain and Lake County.

With your support, we can further our reach in the community. Our goal for 2019 is to maintain 10 Seed Libraries within the region. Whether it’s for the planet or for our community, this is your opportunity to get involved with community building and healthier living. Join us as we make seeds available to libraries across the Cleveland area!

the steps

  • September 22 - December 31, 2018: Accept application submissions from potential Seed Library partners.
  • January 1 – March 19, 2019: Order, package, and label all 480 seed packets per Seed Library, promote Seed Library with press release, review and finalize Seed Library partner selection.
  • March 20, 2019 – Opening Day for Seed Library! First day of spring.
  • March 20 – September 22, 2019: Maintain ongoing communication with Librarian, promote 
the Seed Library on social media, host educational Seed Saving Workshop.
  • September 22, 2019 – Closing day for Seed Library. First day of fall.
  • September 23, 2019 – Organize remaining seed packets, and plan and promote annual winter Seed Swaps for all our Seed Library participants.

why we're doing it

Seed Libraries are an investment in our future!

The reasons we are passionate about getting seeds in the hands of our community members are numerous. Consider these facts:

  • In the last century or so, the world has lost 75% of its edible plant varieties. That might be hard to perceive when many of us have enough food on our plates, and yet this loss in biodiversity threatens our food and nutrition security. 

  • One in five Ohioans is food insecure, meaning they do not know from where their next meal will come and lack access to enough food for an active healthy lifestyle, as measured by the United States Department of Agriculture. Seed libraries offer opportunities to access healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. 

  • Increasing self-reliance, feeling a connection to the land, and experiencing bounty are all reasons to celebrate seeds. One seed can yield tens of thousands of seeds and Seed Libraries can foster a greater appreciation of the resilience of nature.

We believe that strengthening knowledge of local food systems and cultivating the skills required for sustainable food production helps to strengthen our community environmentally, economically, and socially.

budget

The cost to maintain each Seed Library from the first day of spring to the first day of fall is $1,000. This includes the Seed Library box, Seeds, Seed Packing & Labeling, and more. Please see below for the breakdown of project costs.  

PROJECT SUPPLIES ($500):
Custom Seed Library Boxes, Seeds & Seed Envelopes, Educational Workshop Supplies, Promotional Materials, and Mileage for Seed Library Deliveries

PROJECT TIME ($500): Seed Packing & Labeling by Recovery Resources, Educational Coordinator to host Seed Saving Workshop, Program Coordinator to manage Seed Libraries



Subtotal = 10,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $300
Total to raise = $10,335

 

updates

34% to our fundraising goal!

Thank you shout-out to everyone who has donated to the Seed Library Program for 2019. You have become a change-maker in our community to provide Cleveland with a healthier, more resilient food system now and for generations to come. We couldn't be more grateful for the support!

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Anonymous
  • Scotty O boy
  • Bill Stearns
  • Lynne Maragliano
  • Anonymous
  • Aubrey
  • Marilyn McHugh
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Seed Saver
  • Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library
  • debbie daniels
  • Cheryl Skibicki
  • Rosalyn Matthews
  • Evelyn Baldeon
  • Jessica L.
  • Meredith Pangrace
  • Suzanne W.
  • Praxis Fiber Workshop
  • Terence McHugh III
  • Martha Kennedy
  • Anonymous
  • THOMAS KENNEDY
  • Mark D. Bowles
  • Anonymous