Local seed libraries play growing role in future of crops – Orange County Register

Check it out: Seed libraries are sprouting all over Southern California.
The intent is to promote gardening and “plant-it-forward” by preserving seeds either native to Southern California or those adapted to its environment.
One of the newest is the San Bernardino County Regional Seed Library at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair. Here, visitors learn how to obtain seeds for flowers, fruits, vegetables and more. A key component is returning seeds, so the process continues to expand and grow.
“We’re interested in germination quality, yield and any other information that helps with categorizing the seeds,” said Dona Jenkins of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of San Bernardino County. “Any and all seeds are welcome, but we are focusing on edible ones and those from pollinator plants.
“This is exciting, but not new. It’s what people used to do and is important today because we have lost 94 percent of our diversity with seeds.”
Climate and environmental changes throughout the years affect gardens and seed production, she added. “There are such climate extremes these days, that it’s…

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