What's a Seed Library?
A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee and is run for the public benefit. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers. For some communities, getting folks to garden and grow some of their own food is the focus. For other communities, seed libraries may be created as an important step to develop a network of seed savers, to create locally adapted varieties, to respond proactively to climate change or loss of gene integrity due to GMOs or to preserve genetic diversity. Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years. Rejoin the ritual and start to save seed and share the abundance in your community.
This website features free resources on how to start a library, how to connect with others who have started libraries and offers resources and insight into how to maintain a library once started.
Let us know you're interested in starting a seed library by filling in our 2-3 minute survey. Periodically we send out awesome new resources or information on seed librarian gatherings. Once you've opened, we'll add you to our sister seed libraries list.
National Seed Library Summit
Wed. Sept. 10th 4-6PM
Sonoma Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Held in conjunction with the National Heirloom Expo
Free for summit - Expo admissions $10/day
Opened a seed library? Interested in opening one? Come join us and meet other seed librarians. Share stories, successes & challenges. Conversation will continue over dinner for those interested.
The event is not an official part of the Expo. So the location will be determined on Sept. 10th. Check in with the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) or Hawaii Public Seed Initiative booths to find the location.
The Expo is a wonderful and inspiring event. Make a day of it!