The Sower” towers over Nebraska from atop the State Capitol building, hand-casting seeds from the pouch slung over his shoulder. Those seeds would have been saved from the previous year's crops to ensure the next harvest. The iconic statue on the Capitol depicts an ancient practice, one that seed catalogs and then bedding plants largely replaced in modern times. But gardening preferences seem to be changing again: Seed saving is recapturing popularity.
The Common Soil Seed Library opened in mid-March at the Benson Library, 6015 Binney St. Instead of lending books, the seed library lends vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seeds. Anyone with an Omaha Public Library card can check out small packets of seeds to grow. Gardeners then harvest seeds from the plants and return some of the seeds to the library to replenish those they checked out.