I have an idea. When I told my husband this he rolled his eyes. I think he is getting used to this. It’s not that my ideas are bad. It just takes a lot of time to implement them and I have yet to figure out how to clone myself. He was relieved it wasn’t something else for our garden.
So here are my thoughts for this week. The Ladner Pioneer Library has applied for grants so they can build a seed library. I know, whats that? A seed library is a place where you can borrow and donate seeds. Of course being the seedaholic I am, I think this is a wonderful idea. Imagine trading your unused seeds for some amazing heirloom seeds. A seed library would allow you to take out seeds and grow the plant out and donate seed back to the seed library. I wrote about what is a seed library here. That was two years ago. Most communities have one so I hope we can do the same. It will need our full support going forward.
Now many of you know that the Reach Child and Youth Development Society will be building a new home for their school next to the library where the old Kin House stands now. Reach is an inclusive preschool for those children who need extra support and those who are developing typically.
So here is my idea. Why not include a small green space between the library and the new preschool? The powers that be plan to pave most of the green space over. Yes, there is a need for parking but a small space to grow plants does not take up much room.
Imagine, the children could learn in the garden. So whats in this for the library? I think the two parties could plant food and flowers from which seed could be collected, therefore sustaining the new seed library with interesting seeds. It’s really a no brainer to set this up. I would even be willing to donate seeds and support this project.
The children could make seed packages, learn where their food comes from and it would cover a whole host of learning outcomes. If you have ever seen a child’s face when potatoes are pulled from the ground, you know how excited they get. It’s like they are digging for gold.
Connecting two entities that provide learning opportunities seems like a win for both parties and for the community as well.