Anna Stange has been saving seeds for nearly 30 years and is still excited about learning more! Anna is the all-around garden volunteer in her current hometown of Blue Island, Illinois. With the help of Seed Savers Exchange’s Community Seed Resource Program, she started an annual seed exchange in partnership with the library, park district and local Ag extension service, which led to starting a local seed library. Anna is currently in the process of mentoring community members to take her place caring for the seed library and a local community garden as she readies for a move to Florida. Her favorite tomato is Luiggi, favorite bean is Midnight Missoula black turtle bean, and she is currently growing out an accidental, purple-podded, black pole bean. Her mission is to keep native, heirloom, and open-pollinated seed stocks in the public commons, where they belong.