Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Thursday, May 21 • 3:15pm - 3:56pm
T18 - Growing Community Seed Libraries LIMITED

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Innovation Rooted in History Connecting communities to local food and nature experience is increasingly recognized as essential to individual and community health and well-being. Yet access to the tools and knowledge to grow plants in the city is unequally distributed. As a way to invite new and experienced gardeners alike to share resources on common ground, LifeCycles Project Society presented the idea of developing a community led seed library in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library. With an aim to build healthy communities through free seed and free education, LifeCycles and GVPL are now working with partners across Canada to develop a sustainable and transferable seed library program model, which we hope to share with interested public libraries and community groups throughout BC.  In February 2014, the Victoria Seed Library was launched, providing free membership to people once they have attended an introductory workshop. Seeds are made available through Seed Library Saturdays 2-3 times per month at various library branches and people are invited to participate in regular gardening and seed saving workshops freely available at the library and in community gardens. The program model has garnered critical praise from community seed savers across Canada, in part due to its rapid development and well organized systems. Our recent success has enabled us to expand the development of seed libraries and better develop our program model. LifeCycles is now working with Surrey Public Libraries and is supporting Richmond Food Security in working with the Richmond Public Library to create their own community maintained seed collection.


Cyndy Hill

Cyndy Hill is the Director of Development at Surrey Libraries. She has been achieving outstanding results for her non-profit since 2002. She embraces philanthropy and its ability to make profound change in the world. Since 2008 she has worked with the library team to initiate fund... Read More →

Matthew Kemshaw

Matthew Kemshaw is the Seed Library Coordinator at LifeCycles Project Society. He has been supporting urban food programming in schools, parks, and other community minded spaces for almost a decade. Matthew began saving seeds 10 years ago, with Elementary school children. In 2013... Read More →

Jennifer Rowan

Jennifer Rowan is the Adult Services & Adult Programs Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library. Passionate about public libraries and making people feel welcome, Jennifer has delivered programs at GVPL for 15 years. Her years as a Children's & Family Literacy Librarian have... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 3:15pm - 3:56pm PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Surrey Libraries