Seed Library

Our seed library is a collection of heirloom and organic seeds. Anyone in our community can contribute to our seed library. We do not accept any hybrid seeds since the goal of the seed library is to have seeds that can be grown true to parent year after year.

Get involved

Whether you are a master gardener or a beginner, we encourage you to borrow seeds from our library to plant in your garden. Once your plants have grown and produced their own seeds, harvest some of those seeds to bring back in the fall.

Membership form

Fill out a membership form to begin borrowing seeds.

Borrow seeds

Our seed library runs on the motto “borrow, grow, return”. That means you can borrow seeds from our seed library free of charge, grow them in your garden and then return the seeds from those plants in the fall.

If you are new to seed saving, we ask that you start by borrowing and returning seeds from the “easy” category. If you are unable to save seeds, you can donate a store-bought package of non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds to help refill the stock of seeds. Take no more than ten seeds from any five envelopes to take home.

Donate

Here's how you can donate to the seed library:

    1. Donate seeds you have harvested yourself, either from plants grown from seeds from the seed library or on your own.
    2. Bring unused seeds from store-bought seed packages as long as they are not hybrid or GMO seeds.
  1. Collect and prepare your seeds for storage.
  2. Pick up a seed saving envelope from the library and fill out as much information on it.
  3. Place your seed in the envelope and seal it, then deposit it into our seed donation bin at the library.

Contact us if you have questions on donating seeds.

Volunteer

If you have knowledge that you are willing to share with others, join our seed library volunteer team. We are always looking for people to organize workshops, mentor, partner with, help organize our seeds, help run seed exchanges and more.

Check out our library volunteer page for more information on positions and our volunteer application form.

More information

Seed Categories

  • Easy
    • Plants take just one growing season to complete a full reproductive cycle, and they generally self-pollinate, so you don't have to worry about cross-pollination from your own garden or other gardens.
  • Medium
    • Plants take just one growing season to complete a full reproductive cycle, but they may rely on insects for pollination and they can cross-pollinate, so you need to plan ahead in order to ensure pure seeds.
  • Hard
    • Plants may take two years to complete a full reproductive cycle, or they may cross-pollinate very easily. They require special care to ensure pure seed, such as hand pollinating or caging. Seeds that are difficult to grow due to our cold climate also fall in this category.

Definitions

  • Heirloom seeds
    • Are typically seeds that do not come from large-scale commercial farming. Seeds collected from heirloom plants will produce plants year after year with most of the same traits as the parent plant.
  • Organic seeds
    • Are store-bought seeds that have the organic label, and seeds that are grown in personal gardens that are free from pesticides.
  • Hybrid seeds
    • Are produced when plants are cross pollinated. Hybrid plants often do not produce viable seeds, and when they do, those seeds will not produce plants that are true to parent. Since the goal of our seed library is to share seeds year after year, we do not accept hybrid seeds.
  • Pollination
    • Is the process where pollen moves from the male to female part of the flower. Some flowers can self-pollinate; others need pollen from a different plant. Without pollination, a plant cannot produce a seed.
  • GMO
    • Stands for genetically modified organism. This means that the DNA in a plant has been altered to contain one or more genes that are not naturally found.

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