How to Start a Seed Sharing Campaign in Your Town

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Want to start a campaign to save seed sharing in your town? We’ve put together the following guide to help you do just that. Part of Shareable’s Save Seed Sharing partnership with the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, the guide takes you through the necessary steps to organize seed activists in your community and amend your state seed law to explicitly exempt seed sharing.

Borrow a sewing machine? Sacramento Public Library to start loaning more than books

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Have you ever had the urge to play around with a music synthesizer or take a GoPro camera on an adventure, but didn’t want to own one?

It may soon be possible, once the Sacramento Public Library launches its new “Library of Things” program later this month. Library patrons will be able to check out a variety of tools, technology and home appliances the same way they currently borrow books.

Now through Feb. 10, the public can vote online for which “arts and innovation” items they want the library to make available for borrowing. The first round of online voting last fall focused on technology items and the second round on tools.

New Minnesota Bill a Step in the Right Direction for Seed Sharing

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Last week, SF 132, a bill exempting certain organizations from Minnesota seed law, was introduced to the Minnesota State Legislature. Authored by State Senator Roger Reinert who represents District 7, including Duluth, where the city council recently passed a seed sharing resolution, the bill has been referred to the Senate Jobs, Agriculture, and Rural Development Committee.

The bill, which has several co-authors, is an attempt to clarify who the state seed law applies to. It’s a step in the right direction for exempting seed sharing from laws intended for commercial seed companies, but seed activists, both in Duluth and those working on a national scale, including the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), say the bill needs further clarification.

If you want to get similar legislation going in your state, visit to sign a petition to the director of your State Department of Agriculture.

SELC and Shareable Kickoff Campaign to Save Seed Sharing in the U.S.

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For the Save Seed Sharing campaign, SELC is partnering with Shareable, Richmond Grows, several other organizations including Seed Matters, SeedSavers Exchange, and concerned citizens. The campaign is designed to educate people about seed sharing issues, support seed sharing communities, and reform overzealous seed laws. The campaign goals are:

  • Educate stakeholders about how seed laws apply to seed sharing through seed libraries.
  • Build public awareness and grassroots support for seed libraries.
  • Empower local stakeholders to engage in policy advocacy to support seed sharing.
  • Remove legal barriers to seed sharing through seed libraries.
  • Support seed libraries that face regulation under seed laws.

The circular economy is coming — who’s leading the charge?

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The Circular Economy Awards — or the Circulars, as they have been affectionately monikered, like the “Oscars” — will recognize the pioneers taking circular economy principles and making them a reality.

Backed by the Forum of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Accenture, awards organizers have spent the last few months inviting organizations and people from the worlds of business, civil society and academia to enter initiatives that prove moving beyond a traditional linear economy is achievable and profitable.

Introducing the Sharing Cities Toolkit

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Shareable has been expanding its organizing program to support the creation of sharing cities for over a year. We’ve offered seed funding for new sharing projects, coordinated global events like the #MapJam and ShareFests, sponsored a fellowship program, hosted numerous trainings, and facilitated the international Sharing Cities Network (SCN). Beginning last Summer, we responded to the calls from SCN organizers who voiced a need for a cohesive repository of resources to support their work.

To meet this need we’ve created the Sharing Cities Toolkit; an evolving compilation of resources with a mix of how-to’s, project guides, sample policies, advice and more. While a lot of these resources have been created by Shareable over the last five years, we’re curating the best content from many organizations including the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Aorta Collective, Center for a New American Dream, OuiShare and others.