Do health food stores have free seed banks?


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Local stores may maintain a small seed repository for customers, but seed libraries and banks are generally larger undertakings maintained by organizations devoted to preserving biodiversity, notes HowStuffWorks. Many of these efforts, such as the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, grant seeds only for research.

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Individuals who are willing to take part in the effort of collecting seeds have other options. Seed Savers Exchange provides a place for growers to share seeds to preserve endangered crops, according to the organization's website. It claims to be the largest such organization in the United States. If a grower wants to find seeds internationally, SeedLibrarian.com maintains a map of such libraries worldwide.

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