[permaculture] the evolution of lending libraries

L. Santoyo santoyo at earthflow.com
Sat Dec 4 00:30:09 EST 2010


A "needs/resources" bulletin board somewhere in the neighborhood- is the
EarthBank part of the PDC curriculum.

I think Berkeley, CA has had a tool lending library- at the library!
but why store them? -checkout neighborgoods.org,

To go with tool sharing- is yard sharing... "With Santa Monica Community
Garden Plots Taken, Some People Learn To
Share"<http://www01.smgov.net/comm_progs/gardens/sharegarden.pdf>
* LA Times, 10/13/2010*

A waiting list for community garden space? Why not start a neighborhood
registry- Create a waiting list of available garden spaces in no time. see
Santa Monica, CA
http://www01.smgov.net/comm_progs/gardens/garden%20sharing.htm

See also- http://hyperlocavore.ning.com/ , http://www.yardsharing.org/ and
other local yardshare networks
anyone want to share some more sites? please add to the list...

Larry

http://earthflow.com
http://twitter.com/LarrySantoyo



On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 6:51 PM, Cory Brennan <cory8570 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Our community food forest programs always have a seed sharing element. So
> do our book discussion groups, film showings, etc. In S Central LA, seeds
> that were saved from heirloom plants for generations were being shared. That
> can happen in a lot of neighborhoods. Seeds have become almost a form of
> currency in some cases. At least they will get you a nice cold drink and
> some good conversation :-)
>
> I agree that local tool lending is a good idea. You could start just by
> befriending neighbors and finding out what each of them has in the way of
> tools and working out trades between them. It does take a trust factor as
> tools lent out almost never are cared for like you would. That viewpoint
> could change, and I make a point of returning things in better condition
> than I got it, so people will keep lending me stuff.
>
> Doing a "needs/resources" bulletin board somewhere in the neighborhood is
> great. Keeping it on a web site or some sort of database is even better. The
> more automated, the better (like a wiki or something everyone can access) so
> people can add and subtract their own stuff.
>
> This is a great excuse to get to know your neighbors and start creating
> community. One way I did it at one point when people were not very
> interested was briefing the neighbors on disaster triage, neighborhood
> safety, etc. That seems to be something people will come to meetings for...
>
> Cory
> Cory
>
> --- On Fri, 12/3/10, David Muhl <dmuhl65 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > From: David Muhl <dmuhl65 at yahoo.com>
> > Subject: Re: [permaculture] the evolution of lending libraries
> > To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > Date: Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:04 PM
> > Hi Jason,
> >
> > I think the lending library concept is a wonderful
> > idea.  If I'm not mistaken, this is a fairly common
> > practice within many cohousing communities, or at least
> > that's my impression.  I spent this past summer living
> > at one, and they had adopted this practice.  Everyone I
> > interacted with just loved being able to walk over to the
> > common workshop area and grab what they needed.
> >
> > However, at a lending library, if I were to check out a
> > string trimmer (for example), I can be pretty sure I'm
> > getting a string trimmer (likewise for any tool).  When
> > it comes to seeds though, we are also dealing with...how
> > should I say it?..."genetic integrity."  A common
> > phrase which many of us have heard tossed around (especially
> > at the farmers' market) is "know your farmer."  With a
> > certain level of interaction and "word of mouth," I feel
> > comfortable that the food I buy from them is "organic," or
> > "non-GMO," etc.  I'm curious to hear your (or anyone's)
> > take on how I would achieve that kind of comfort level when
> > someone at a library hands me a sack of seed, and I have no
> > idea who grew the crops they came from.  What if the
> > next door neighbors' GMO pollen blew over the fence and
> > crossed with the plants, or the local pollinators did the
> > dirty work, or some unscrupulous individual affiliated with
> > a national GMO seed giant walks in and "returns" some bag
> >  of "who-knows-what?"
> >
> > In the discussions you've heard about this seed lending
> > library idea, what controls or checks have been explored to
> > prevent something like this from occuring...if any?
> >
> > ~David
> >
> > --- On Fri, 12/3/10, Jason Gerhardt <jasongerhardt at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > From: Jason Gerhardt <jasongerhardt at gmail.com>
> > > Subject: [permaculture] the evolution of lending
> > libraries
> > > To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> > > Date: Friday, December 3, 2010, 12:43 PM
> > > In Boulder, CO the Center for
> > > Resource Conservation is opening a tool
> > > library in a few days.  Here is the web link:
> > > http://www.conservationcenter.org/ToolLibrary.htm
> > >
> > > There is also a new movement to establish seed
> > lending
> > > libraries.  Bill
> > > McDorman of Seeds Trust is promoting this concept.
> > > Richmond, CA has one up
> > > and running.  The idea is that people can borrow
> > seeds
> > > from the library, but
> > > have to return a greater amount (by saving the
> > seed).
> > > This way the library
> > > grows its seed bank and seeds are adapted to the
> > local
> > > climate.  This of
> > > course requires a lot of education for those who
> > borrow to
> > > be able to save
> > > high quality and relatively pure seed.  A woman in
> > > Lyons, CO is developing a
> > > model for there and Boulder.
> > >
> > > The one observation I have made of lending libraries
> > is
> > > that big centralized
> > > libraries are bound to inspire a lot of people, but
> > when
> > > you really get down
> > > to it, it makes more sense to have lending libraries
> > in the
> > > neighborhoods
> > > where they will be used most.  Many small community
> > > tool sheds for example
> > > are far more accessible than traveling across town to
> > > borrow a chainsaw when
> > > you only need it for 15 minutes.  All this means is
> > > that the big lending
> > > libraries will serve a huge purpose in spreading the
> > word
> > > and lending the
> > > idea, but ideally to create many smaller ones.
> > > Neighbors can often pool
> > > their tools together and keep them in one shed so all
> > have
> > > access to them
> > > when they would otherwise just sit unused in
> > individual
> > > garages.
> > >
> > > I agree that lending libraries are a crucial piece of
> > a
> > > reslient culture.
> > >  They just make sense.  In addition it builds a
> > > greater sense of community.
> > >
> > >
> > > Jason
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