DATES & TIMES
Thursday, June 16
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
College of Architecture and the Arts, UIC
800 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60607-7017
FREE but RSVP’s are required.
The heirloom seed library is up and running! At our first workshop you will learn techniques to care for your wee seedlings, have the opportunity to get your own seed library card, and start checking out regionally adapted seeds.
Join the movement for food security and sustainability.
At Farmer Ryan's Demonstration on seed germination techniques for various crops, you will be informed about the importance of good soil-seed contact and consistent soil moisture for wee seedlings.
How to successfully plant seasonally: What seeds do I sow in spring, summer and fall?
Do you know which crops are better to start indoors vs. directly sowing them in the garden?
Why you should you be dusting legumes in inoculates and soaking hard shelled seeds in water and hydrogen peroxide?
... See you on June 16th to find out many of these secrets to unlocking each seeds' potential to grow a healthy garden.
Visit the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum's website to get more information on the Seed Library.
WHAT IS A "SEED LIBRARY"
The Seed Library is similar to the conventional library. Instead of checking out books, seed library users can check out regionally adapted seeds and grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and/or ornamental flowers. At the end of the season, we ask users to save the seeds and return it to the library.
Seed saving is one solution to ensure sustainable food systems and healthful food access. By adapting this habit of conservation we are not only fostering biodiversity, but the notion of multiculturalism as well. Saving and planting seeds allows us to gather and conserve what we share culturally: food. Food access is an extensive issue that we currently face. Do we know where our food comes from? Do low-income families have the resources to obtain healthy food? The Seed Library can become a beacon in addressing these issues, while considerably weeding out existing problems. The seed library has similar dynamics to other seed libraries, such as The Hudson Valley and Monticello, where you apply for a card, check out seeds and plant away.
This project is funded in part by The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums, an initiative that a funding opportunity developed by IMLS to expand and test the boundaries of library, museum, and archival services and practices. It provides small, targeted investments in high-risk, innovative responses to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. www.imls.gov
A special thanks to Bank of America
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts, or IMLS.