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  1. hi friends at the SLOLA! my name is deepa and i am the director of the Seeds to Sew program for the Pemacouture Institute. our project is to collaborate with local seed libraries and tag your seeds for plants that have fiber & dye properties. We have already set up our program with most of the Bay Area libraries and now I’m expanding our reach (I live in Berkeley). Would love to talk more with you about this possibility.

    i’m likely coming to LA the weekend of May 5 for the Venice Garden tour and if this sounds interesting to you I would love to meet up and possibly teach a natural dye workshop that weekend in celebration of a possible partnership.

    let me know what you think.

    deepa natarajan

  2. Hi Laura, our library runs on a membership system. You pay a one time membership fee of $10 and get access to all of our seed library’s contents to check out for free. Members who don’t bring back borrowed seed are encouraged to make a donation to the SLOLA seed fund. We are looking into hosting plant and seed sales in the future, so check back soon!

  3. When are meetings? Is that the only time you can check out seeds? Or, can we come by and check them out/drop them off during daily hours of operation?


    • Hello Morgan, Thus far seed checkout is mainly at ‘Monthly Meetings’ on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Notice or our ‘Calendar’ we’ve now opened a San Fernando Valley Branch of SLOLA which meets on the 3rd Fridays thru October if that is accessible for you. Lori

  4. I like what your group is doing here in LA and I’m interested in joining and having access to your seeds. I live in the neighborhood and starting my garden now. Are your seeds organic and GMO-free? That is important to me.

    • Hi Nancy, happy to hear that you’re interested in SLOLA! Yes, all of our seeds are GMO free and for the most part organic and heirloom. I’d encourage you to attend one of our monthly meetings (the 3rd Saturday of each month) at the Learning Garden so you can check out the library’s offerings and someone can be available to get you started or answer any questions. Look forward to meeting you!

  5. San Fernando Valley Branch of SLOLA which meets on the 3rd Fridays thru October may work much better for us.

    • Hello Rajnish,
      I wish I had seen your request earlier so I apologize. The San Fernando Valley Branch has chosen to meet on the 4TH FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH except in December, possibly also in November, when the room will not be available. We will meet on the 3rd Friday those months and then go back to the 4th Fridays in Jan. Please check back here monthly in case there are changes. OCTOBER MEETING WILL BE HELD IN A MEMBER’S HOME for a ‘Canning Tomatoes Demonstration’on October’s 4th Friday. We will post their address in October.
      Thank you for your interest,
      Lori B

      • I’d like to RSVP for the tomato canning workshop in the San Fernando Valley but I’m having trouble getting google calendar to work for me on a loaner laptop. Can someone please add me to the list and/or contact me to confirm.

        I’ll need the address in order to attend!


        Carol N. Hart

    • Hello Gwen,
      I apologize for not replying earlier. I was out of town for a month and then very busy. We’d love to have you at our meetings at either location. There is no need to RSVP regular meetings. The next SAN FERNANDO VALLEY BRANCH SLOLA Monthly Meeting Fri. Jan. 24th, 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436. If you need specific directions please contact info@slola.org

    • Hello Mike,
      At this time we only fill seed orders at our Monthly Meetings. Please see our calendar for 2 locations, dates & times.
      Thank you

  6. Can you please give me more information on the San Fernando site? Where Re the meetings held? Who can I contact regarding attending? Etc…
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Stacy,
      The San Fernando Valley Branch SLOLA Monthly Meetings are the 4th Friday of each month, 11am to 1pm at Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436. There may be a month we do a field trip etc so please look on both our HOME page and CALENDAR page where you can scroll down to link to our Google Calendar for specific details. You can contact our Chairman at info@slola.org
      Hope to see you there!
      Lori B

  7. Hi
    I am a brand new member and i would like to say Hi to all the community here.
    I have been growing tones of Tomatoes, greens, Different kind of guards in my backyard.
    i am able to save good amount of seeds, which works next year.
    can i get the seeds by usps postal rather than going to the physical location ? I live near by San Fernando, LA location.


  8. Hi, I have questions! Can you check out seeds in exchange or is it just seeds of the same? is there a limit on check outs? is there a time limit on returns? Do you need to have a consistent attendance to meeting?

    • Hello Jose, Currently our library checks out small amounts of seeds for up to 6 types per person each month. For folks involved in major projects like school gardens we certainly make exceptions although emailing us an order ahead of meeting times is BEST in those cases. We do not have a ‘time limit’. We are a non-profit and all volunteers. We love folks to attend meetings but we have no restrictions on that either. We appreciate [and have ‘SEED CHECK IN FORMS’] for your use. Our MISSION is to have members ‘grow out’ seed and return the best seeds from the best fruit, pods etc. in order to keep our library alive. We’d love to see you at any of our meetings: 2 branches. Lori B

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