BASIL Seed Library
The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) Project is part of a growing network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving the remaining genetic diversity of our planet’s seed stock.
We have created a library of healthy vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that are available free to the public at the Ecology Center in Berkeley.
BASIL hopes to encourage good growing techniques by offering seed saving classes, access to literature, and one-to-one help from experienced seed savers. We are a dynamic group that needs your support and involvement!
Email [email protected] or call us at (510) 548-2220 ext.233 to learn more.
**Please note that Staff cannot answer questions regarding seed inventory.**
To limit the risk of COVID-19 exposure the BASIL seed library and resource center will temporarily be closed to public browsing and self service as traditionally done. Instead, we will be distributing pre-packaged seed packets for fall planting. Please visit the table in front of our resource center inside of the Ecology Center Store to pick up seed packets and drop-off donations.
We want to thank you all for your continued support and interest in BASIL during this difficult and unprecedented time. In the time that BASIL has remained closed to the public, we have been unable to collect seed donations, and are low on seeds for next year. Our seed library relies on locally-grown seed donations to encourage community members to grow their own food and preserve seed biodiversity in the East Bay. We will begin accepting seed donations to be dropped off at the Ecology Center resource center (2530 San Pablo Ave) starting September 23, 2020. We ask that seed donations be dropped off in 1 bag and seed varieties be labeled with seed type, growing location, and month/year of harvest. We’re excited to begin processing seeds for the next year!
What are we doing?
Seeds are magical: given proper stewardship, they will acclimate to specific areas over time. By growing them out, we weave the stories of our lives and seeds into an unending chain of community, tradition, and history.
If we can create a local abundance of fertile and non-engineered seed, we can participate in the International Solidarity Seed Project by donating our surplus to communities around the world that have difficulty accessing viable, open-pollinated seed.
How does the seed library work?
View the following video to learn how the library works.
Why save seeds?
Genetic engineering enables “life science” corporations to control plant traits by “programming” the seeds. Monsanto’s infamous implementation of trait-control technology is often referred to as the “Terminator” seed. “Terminator” seeds yield plants that produce no viable seed of ther own. Trait-controlled plants that breed with traditional varieties may pass on engineered traits to the offspring. If non-evolved plant varieties are permitted to squeeze out natural and/or carefully cultivated varieties, seed saving may nearly disappear. Our nourishment or hunger might then depend on chemically dependent or infertile trait-controlled plants.
Traditional knowledge of seed saving and plant propagation techniques exists in fewer and fewer minds and communities. In order to create a positive ecological future for the planet, we need to begin teaching each other the skills necessary to save our own seeds. We’ve got to engage with traditional agricultural knowledge, and work to anticipate the needs of future generations.
BASIL Seed Library The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) Project is part of a growing network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving the remaining genetic
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114 Berkeley St, Carlton
We run on a walk-in basis and do not take bookings / reservations, but we’ve got plently of seating indoor & outdoor!
A little north of the Queen Vic Market, in the university district, you can’t miss our navy facade among shiny new buildings and art deco warehouses on Berkeley St, Carlton. We serve an all-day menu alongside a seasonal list of coffee, sourced by our team of roasters. Although we don’t take bookings, we have almost 100 seats, a dedicated take away area, disabled accessability and high chairs. Read more about the coffee, and current food menu below, or get directions to Seven Seeds Carlton.
With ten years of sourcing and many more brewing, our menu is made up of the freshest crop, highest quality coffees from Africa, and the Americas. On our source cards you’ll find the most transparent information about how the coffee was purchased and how much the producer earned. We serve the Seven Seeds Espresso Blend for milk based drinks, and the head barista will choose from our single origin list to present as batch brew, espresso & single serve filter. You can buy the whole menu of coffee in 250g, and 1kg bags, as well brew gear, chai, chocolate & Seven Seeds merch.
A little north of the Queen Vic Market, in the university district, you can't miss our navy facade among shiny new buildings and art deco warehouses on Berkeley St, Carlton. We serve an all-day menu alongside a seasonal list of coffee, sourced by our team of roasters. Although we don't take bookings, we have almost 100