Many of us who call Southern Nevada home are hungry for local culture. Ideally, this culture would arise in part from our botanical and food heritage, yet we lack a well-known regional cuisine, and gardening in our area happens largely in isolation, leaving us unaware of one another’s successes and failures. We also tend to ignore the hundreds upon hundreds of native plants surrounding us.
To help fill in this cultural gap, GBP is partnering with the Las Vegas Seed Library to contribute seeds and our collective knowledge. Anyone who is seeking seeds, or who has seeds to share, is invited to use the library. The lending process is simple: Seeds can be “checked out” for the growing season and planted. Once the plants reach maturity, patrons are asked to save the next generation of seeds and return them to the library—just like returning a book. More seeds can then be checked out. It is our hope that this bank of tried-and-true seeds will grow with community support, becoming a vital cultural resource for southern Nevadans. For more information, follow Las Vegas Seed Library on Facebook.
To initiate the movement, we’ve set up a Seed Vending Machine inside the Green Valley Library. Inside, you’ll find over 40 different varieties of herbs, vegetables, and flowers. Anyone is welcome to donate a quarter as “seed money” for the library, and in exchange, receive a sampling of seed to try at home. In addition, Great Basin Permaculture hosts seasonal workshops at the Green Valley Library where select seeds saved from the Permaculture Learning Garden will be shared with attendees. Many of these seeds are saved from original donations from Native Seeds/SEARCH in Arizona, preserving cultural heritage of Southwestern tribes through seeds that are well-adapted to our unique growing environment.