A seed library lends or shares seeds. Gardeners borrow seeds, grow them and (hopefully) return some seeds back to the library. Community seed libraries are an effective way to collect and distribute heirloom, unique and culturally important seeds. Seed libraries help protect genetic diversity, promote food security and aid in the development of locally adapted varieties of plants. Many plants from seed libraries attract beneficial insects and pollinators, while gardeners who use seed libraries can save money and learn new skills. Seed libraries can include vegetables, flowers and native species. They help disseminate seed varieties not typically available from seed companies and promote public access to seeds.
The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library is looking for community members and partners who are interested in establishing a seed library in our community. Anyone interested in participating in the planning and organization stages, please contact Wendy Zwaal at 905-775-3328 ext 6108 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be looking for seeds to stock our new seed library, therefore we ask local gardeners to save us some extra seeds this fall to donate to the Library.