The Farming Behind Farming
In fall 2010, the New York Times covered the work done by the Hudson Valley Seed Library, part of a growing trend of seed libraries all over the world. The Hudson Valley Seed Library grows seeds appropriate for the climate of the Northeastern United States, with 40 percent of their members living in New York City. The Hudson Valley Seed Library hopes to spur seed saving practices and knowledge, as seed saving techniques vary widely from plant to plant (with baking beans its as simple as banging the plant inside a trashcan, while with arugula, pressurized air is needed to separate seed from chaff). The “farming behind the farming,” growing seed is an often unacknowledged, yet essential, aspect of farming, and Hudson Valley Seed Library is part of a larger trend that aims to keep such an essential practice in the hands of local producers.