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.
Protect Seed Libraries - Stay Informed!
Seed Libraries ALERT!
Sign up to stay informed of upcoming actions to protect seed libraries and locally saved seed.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (DOA) recently issued a protocol requiring the Simpson Seed Library in Mechanicsburg, PA to only have brand new, commercial seed each year citing that they were in violation of the PA Seed Act that regulates seed distributors. Under the protocol the seed library cannot house or receive any locally saved seed and must dispose of all commercial seed at the end of the year. The Maryland DOA has adopted the protocol and several other states have expressed an interest in doing so as well. Help us to protect seed libraries and the exchange of local seed in our communities by signing up for Seed Libraries ALERT! Learn more about the issue in Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries written by two attorneys at the Sustainable Economies Law Center in partnership with Shareable and Center for a New American Dream.