We ask that you follow certain protocol for seed you bring to Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange. We want people who take seed to get what was on the label and we want to protect from passing on disease.
The following is our basic protocol*
- Save from healthy plants. Even if a disease does not get passed on through the seed, we do like to have some selection for disease resistance by only saving from healthy, strong plants.
- Save from a number of plants so that the seed has some genetic diversity in it. The quantity that is optimum depends on the type of plant; for self-pollinating plants a minimum of 6 plants is necessary, for cross-pollinating, you'll want to save from a much larger population.
- If the plant cross-pollinates, you'll want to make sure to keep it isolated so it stays "true to type." Check with a seed saving chart or book to get proper isolation distances.
- When you give seed to the Seed Exchange, please label with as much information as you can.
- Many like to save seed from a favorite that might not be saved from a number of plants or isn't super healthy, or maybe they just like some interesting crosses. You are welcome to bring those seeds. Just make sure you write that down on the label so others know they are participating in your experiment.
*Adapted from the Seed Protocol from the West County Community Seed Exchange, Sonoma Co., California