The Connected Seeds Library
Feb 07 2017
The Connected Seeds project is a London-based seed library that uses digital technology for users to interact with seed growth, growing conditions, and tell the stories of those who plant them.
The project was founded by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, and works with the help of community volunteers. Communities can use the seed library to grow food from locally-adapted, open-pollinated seeds.
The Connected Seeds project uses sensors to continuously monitor vital statistics such as light levels, soil temperature, air humidity, and more.
In today's world, knowledge concerning the successful growth and maintenance of seeds is dwindling. With corporate interests at stake, several areas have legislation in place to keep seeds and food production out of the public's hands. With these developments in digital technology, the practice of growing one's own food can be learned and taught by anyone.
The project was driven by an Arduino board and 3G connectivity. The circuit design, sensor specifications, and code from the project are available on GitHub and visualizations of some of the deployments can be found here.
+ Some seeds in the bank are of particular importance, as they may carry deep cultural significance. This can serve a dual purpose, as cultural awareness may be gained as a result.
+ Initiatives such as this are taking hold in thr US, although without the implementation of IoT technology.
+ The right to grow and distribute seeds without corporate/government interaction is likely to become a hot topic of debate within the coming decades. Developments such as the Connected Seeds Project may help to educate the public about the benefits of community-run, sustainable growing practices.