You borrow from a selection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds during the year, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to harvest, collect some seeds to bring back to the library for the next round of gardeners to enjoy.
You borrow packets vegetable, herb, and flower seeds from a selection in the seed library at any time during the year, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to harvest, let a plant or two go to seed, collect the seeds (learn how), and bring them back to the library for the next round of gardeners to enjoy.
Keep varieties of seed types separated when returning or donating seeds
Restock information includes the type of vegetable such as: pepper/sweet bell or pepper/habanero
Only heirloom seeds have the ability to adapt and produce seeds
Growing plants from hybrid seeds will not allow you to save seeds
About the seed library
Is maintained by a volunteer-staff cooperative that donates, collects, and packages seeds
Helps in collecting local heirloom varieties that might otherwise be lost
Promotes local agriculture by growing collections of seeds locally adapted to the region
Partners with local experts like the WSU Home Extension, Master Gardeners, and local heirloom growers
Develops “how-to” classes from planting seeds, companion planting, and saving seeds to preserving your bounty
Why seed lending?
The practice of saving seeds has been around for many centuries. Many of the varieties grown by our ancestors are being lost.
Growing and saving seeds from old varieties helps to preserve genetic diversity and encourages our community to reconnect with traditions of growing tasty, healthy foods.
Heirloom varieties provide different flavor profiles and interesting physical features, such as colorful carrots.