What is a seed library?
A seed library is a depository of seeds held in trust for library members. Members can come to the library and borrow seeds to grow in their garden, the hope being that at the end of the season, they let a few plants ‘go to seed,’ and return them to the library to replenish its inventory.
The seed library is both a collection of seeds and of community gardeners. Since seeds are living things, they must be renewed each year somewhere by someone or unique varietals can become extinct. Even growing one seed and returning it to the library is a valuable contribution.
What better place to start a seed library than in an existing library?
This summer we are offering this exciting new program to our community where you can come to the reference desk and “check out” seeds to grow at home (for free!) When your plant has grown, simply collect and return the seeds that you have grown right back to the reference desk, contributing to our collection and to your community!
The best part: there is no due date!
If you don’t have the space at home to grow, we are excited to announce that we will be starting a community garden where patrons can come and grow using seeds from our seed library.
We have many different vegetables and flowers to choose from, all of which are listed in the table below. Use the link to the right of the seed you’re interested in for instructions on how to grow it from seedsavers.org
Visit us at the reference desk to donate seeds, and feel free to contact us by phone, email, or in person for more information about this exciting new program!