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Take and Give: Seed Library

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 6:00 am

Take and Give: Seed Library

Updated: February 2021

CURBSIDE PICKUP OF SEED PACKETS

Seeds are available at all of our libraries, while supplies last. Here’s how to get seeds for this year’s planting:

  • Visit any library during curbside pickup hours.
  • Park in a designated curbside space.
  • Call the number on the sign, and ask for the seed packet bundle.
  • If seeds are still available, staff will bring a pre-packaged assortment of 12 seed envelopes to you curbside.

Please note that the pre-packaged assortment of seeds will be a surprise for each customer! At this time, there is no way to request specific seed types.

How do seed libraries work?

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.

Please note, the library is not accepting seed donations at this time.


GARDENING RESOURCES

Check out materials from our catalog on gardening topics, including raised-bed gardeningcontainer gardeningvermiculture (gardening with worms), and seed saving.

If you are thinking about trying some DIY garden projects, you’ll find helpful digital articles and resources from Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, found in our Digital Library

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EVEN MORE ABOUT SEED LIBRARIES

What is a Seed Lending Library?

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.

  • Get a seed packet bundle with 12 assorted varieties via curbside pickup, while supplies last
  • Keep varieties of seed types separated when returning seeds (NOTE: We are not accepting your saved seeds via curbside pickup at this time. Please share your saved seeds with friends and neighbors.)
  • 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:

  • 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.

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