28 Apr David King & Seed Library of Los Angeles Interview
Please click on the link to listen to my interview with David King of Seed Library of Los Angeles.
David King is the founder and first Chair of the Seed Library of Los Angeles. From the beginning the mission of the Library centered upon the idea of clean, wholesome, non-GMO food for every one in the Los Angeles region, especially the under-served and compromised communities. With the ideas that food, uncontaminated with pesticides and questionable technologies, is a right of all people and seeds belong to humanity, he called for a meeting of like-minded people on December 4th, 2010 and from there, the Seed Library of Los Angeles was born.
A transplant from northeast Kansas, David started gardening as a five year old under his grandfather’s tutelage. He lives his life full-time as an author, writer, gardener and activist in Los Angeles, working to make home grown food a part of the Los Angeles’ culture. As a speaker and instructor, he shares his knowledge of growing food with quick witted humor and an infectious passion for the subject.
As the gardenmaster/director for The Learning Garden, a community and school garden located on the campus of Venice High School, King has been published in a number of different horticulture and gardening venues and has appeared on TV and radio. He teaches for UCLA Extension, writes for gardening and ecological magazines and blogs. He fervently hopes to publish his first book on gardening, Growing Food In Southern California, in the very near future.
David can be reached at – firstname.lastname@example.org
About Seed Library of Los Angeles (from SLOLA.org):
Our mission is to facilitate the growth of open-pollinated seeds among residents of the Los Angeles Basin. We are building a seed collection and repository, educating members about the practice of seed-saving, and creating a local community of seed-saving gardeners. We seek to preserve genetic diversity, increase food security and food justice in our region, safeguard alternatives to GMO’s, and empower all members through a deeper connection with nature and the experience of self-reliance. We will strive for excellence in all that we do, knowing the preservation of seed is a sacred trust.
Founded in December 2010, the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) is headquartered at The Learning Garden at Venice High School. We meet monthly at The Learning Garden. Each meeting includes an educational presentation and a seed exchange among members, as well as lots of fun and good company!
People save seeds for a host of different reasons from ideology to old-fashioned thriftiness. We welcome all viewpoints and levels of interest. We seek to reflect all the cultural diversity of our amazing city. We welcome gardeners of all ages and skill levels, including apartment dwellers with one pot!
SLOLA’s website is at www.SLOLA.org