Our report on the first year of the Seed Library is now available. Click here to read the Report.
We encourage people who used the Seed Library in 2021 to donate back some seeds for next year’s Seed Library. See below for tips on how to save your seeds.
Donations of seeds from other community growers are also more than welcome – if you have seeds to share to please consider donating them for next year’s Seed Library.
Vegetables, herbs, and flowers are all needed! With your help we can make the Seed Library truly sustainable for our community.
Please drop off your labelled seed donations at the Library.
How to Donate Seeds
Donations can be dropped off at the library anytime beginning in the fall. Please make sure that your seeds are clearly marked with the
- Year collected
- Type of plant and variety of plant (e.g., red cherry tomato; autumn beauty sunflower)
- Any extra information that may be helpful (how deep to plant seeds, when to start them, amount of sun, soil, etc.)
Donated seeds will be collected, organized, and can be picked up in the Library in time for planting in the spring of 2022.
Contact the Library for more information.
How to Save Seeds
The best process of collecting seeds varies widely depending on the type of plant. Seeds that grow in pods are not ready until the pod is brown, dry, and beginning to split open, while tomato seeds are best harvested by leaving them in a watery mush to ferment a little. The links below provide lots of detailed information to make sure that you provide seeds with the best potential to germinate.
- Seeds of Diversity
- Mother Earth News
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Salt Spring Seeds
- Modern Farmer
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
What is a Seed Library?
A seed library is a place where local seeds are saved for gardeners to use in the spring. Then during harvest time those gardeners save some of their seeds for the library to use the following year. Seed libraries help promote and protect genetic diversity, local climate-adapted seed stock, self-sufficiency and community resilience through better food security. The Seed Library is a joint project of Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford and the Library – with sponsorship from the Merrickville Lions Club.