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By Michele Robinson
With the help of many other seed devotees, Founding Chair, David King started The Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA), a non-profit organization in 2010. Since its inception, the organization has grown to over 700 members.
“I wanted to assemble a large library of viable seeds to distribute to our members to get non-GMO and unpatented seeds for the future,” says King.
As King says, they are “seed-saving gardeners” with their mission to “save old seeds that are not patented or genetically altered in laboratories
SLOLA works hand in hand with the Learning Garden located on the Venice High School campus, the Learning Garden is open to the public on the weekends. People are welcome to come to meet King, get free gardening advice and learn hands-on techniques on how to garden and remove weeds. Many gardeners help weed and plant seeds in the garden with different themes, among them a Fabric Garden, including, for example, cotton seeds, flax (which is immature linen) and Venice High School Classes.
“It’s a wonderful little place of discovery. All ages are welcome,” says King.
King also has some gardening tips: He recommends not using any pesticides when gardening. He believes it is better to have less production than to spray anything onto the crops. Pesticides remain active in the air and soil and are bad for both humans and livestock and play a big part of our current loss of insects we love – like butterflies.
As King says, “I want to save a variety of seed food species. I have always wanted to be part of the movement and want to give folks a new perspective on seeds and the food they give us.”
For a nominal fee ($10 life-time membership), members can enjoy attending meetings, guest speakers, free seeds and learn how to save seeds. No one is ever turned away, so if you cannot pay the membership fee, you are still welcome to join. For more information visit the SLOLA website at https://seedfreedom.info/partners/seed-library-of-los-angeles-slola-usa/ or contact King at firstname.lastname@example.org.