New software for the Cleveland Seed Bank, a seed saving initiative, has
been released to the public as an open source website plugin that can turn any
WordPress site into a community seed bank. The software, called WP-SeedBank,
 was conceived by Marilyn McHugh, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The
Hummingbird Project (THP) and is being maintained by me, Meitar Moscovitz.
Currently the software allows users to create a profile, upload seeds
individually or from a spreadsheet to share, search the available seeds using
several categories, make seed requests and provides the opportunity to get,
swap or sell seed varieties. This verbage is also customizable to suit a
particular community's needs. Much like Craigslist, we provide a platform for
seed exchanges and rely on users to sort out the terms and logistic of the
I like to call the WP-SeedBank software "a distributed Craigslist for the
anti-Monsanto crowd." :) A wonderful article about the WP-SeedBank was
published on PermacultureNews.org.
Most recently, we added internationalization support so the plugin can be
translated into any human language. We are particularly hoping to find people
able to translate the English plugin into Hindi, since we have a bunch of
interest from folks in India. If you would like to help us with translation,
please sign up to be a translator for WP-SeedBank on our Transifex.com page
for the project.
By spreading the news about this open source program, we hope to find other
ecologically minded techies whose expertise will help evolve the original
application so that it is even more effective. For more information about the
development process, please see our GitHub project page.
Please spread news of this project to the people in your communities who care
about saving seeds.
Thank you for your time and attention.
-Meitar "maymay" Moscovitzhttp://Cyberbusking.org