Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’
There’s a card catalogue at the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library that does more than help people look for books.
Instead, what people find inside can one day turn into everything from beans to watermelons.
It’s one branch of the Toronto Seed Library, where people can “borrow” seeds through a program aimed at bringing gardening to people who might not otherwise be able to dig in.
The city’s 22 branch network has been growing since 2012 and has dispensed at least 100,000 seed packets — many of them to new Canadians and people who might not otherwise be into gardening, like high-rise renters.
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“Except where book libraries keep knowledge in the commons, seed libraries keep seeds part of the commons and accessible to everybody,” she said. “The idea is that, until very recently in history, you couldn’t buy seeds, everyone would just save and trade them amongst themselves.”
Jewell’s Country Market, located on the northeastern outskirts of Charlottetown where route 25 descends from the north to meet the St. Peter’s Road, has been an active retail location for Jewell’s seeds and sundry ephemera since the late 1990. As far as I know, goats have always lived here, ensconced in the fenced-off climbing structure between the market proper and the St. Peter’s Road.
You can feed them for one dollar, giving them a palmful of dried corn to eat out of a plastic cup.