Seed Library

Have you seen the old-fashioned card catalog near the reference desk? It no longer holds records for books, but it does contain the essences of hundreds of other kinds of stories: seeds. Seeds carry with them not only their cultural history, but also the information to grow, produce more seeds, and adapt to new environments. You can become part of their story!

Launched in February 2017 with the support of Seed Savers Exchange, our seed library provides free garden seeds for the use of our community. We’re grateful for seed donations from Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Hudson Valley Seed Company, among others.

New to seed-saving or gardening? Never fear! We have all the resources you need to get started. Stop by the library for the seed-y details!

Ready to get started? Here’s how it works, in a nutshell:

Borrow: Select the seeds you would like to plant, and let library staff know how many varieties you are checking out.

Grow: Follow the instructions, get your hands dirty, and have fun!

Save: Make sure to observe the seed-saving guidelines for your particular variety. When seed is mature, harvest, dry, and store it for use next season.

Return: Seeds don’t last forever; they need to be grown out and renewed. You are invited to return some of your saved seed to the library to be shared with the community again next season. Please make sure to follow carefully the seed-saving guidelines for your particular varieties to ensure that the seeds we offer through the library remain true-to-type and viable for future planting. Thank you!

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