First, a community seed bank needs a group of dedicated planners and workers. Select individuals willing to plan and work on the project. They may be farmers or other community members, such as herders, wood gatherers, medicine makers, artisans, and fisherfolk. Local organizations may also help, but this decision must be made by the whole community.
The first and most important task for the group is to make sure everyone understands the work involved, and agrees to help keep the bank going. Some members of the group may be assigned specific tasks. As most farmers can tell you, seed collection, treatment, and storage must be done throughout the year. So, a community seed bank requires work and commitment.
If people are willing to work hard, the next step is for the workers to decide which seeds to collect. Write down the names. Include all the locally important crops in your area. Remember to include different or rare varieties of staple crops, as well as trees and other plants used as medicines, food, and fuel wood. These are the seeds you will want to collect.