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Tessah Wickus (left), director of Northern Wisconsin's Seed Savers Alliance, says seed libraries help more young people become farmers (Photo courtesy of Cable Community Farm.) 

Seed Libraries Fight for the Right to Share

By Alfredo Mendez under a CC license from flickr.com

Debating the Sharing Economy

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