The Growing West Side Seed Library, housed in the Riverview Library, is a depository of seeds that have been donated with the understanding that they be shared at no cost with our community.
Neighbors “check out” seeds from the library to grow in their gardens, learn seed saving techniques and return seeds to the library at the end of the season. In addition to passing out seeds we have information available to help you grow a successful garden. Classes are taught throughout the year to support new and experienced gardeners.
The Growing West Side Seed Library is a celebration of our diversity through the collection of seeds reflecting who we are and honoring where we come from and cultivates a culture of sharing. Our seed library ensures we will have a wholesome food supply that is reproducible, local and uncontaminated by genetic modification. By growing a plant from seed, nurturing it, eating it and returning it back to seed, we become more in tune with the rhythms of nature and to the world around us. And, best of all, we get to meet and hang out with other people who like to garden!
Seed Library FAQs:
Where is the Growing West Side Seed Library Located?
When is the Seed Library open?
February thru May
Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00p
Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00p (closed Sat 4/15 & Sat 5/27)
Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00p
July thru August
2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month 1:00 – 3:00p
Saturday September 9th is our last day!
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Where do the seeds come from?
Many of the seeds have been generously donated by your West Side neighbors and other seed savers in our wider community. Others have been purchased from Seed Savers Exchange and Johnny’s Seeds. Most of the seeds are heirloom varieties and some are hybrids. They are all grown using organic methods, but not all of them are certified organic. We do not accept GMO Seeds into the collection.
Who does the seed library serve?
The Seed Library serves any individual or organization in our neighborhood that needs seeds for their garden.
Do I need a library card?
Nope. But we can help you sign up for one if you want!
How does the Seed Library work?
It is simple! A grower comes into the Riverview Library, “checks out” the seeds of their choice. We record basic contact information so we can track where the seeds are going. The grower plants and tends their garden and if possible saves some of the seed, returning a portion back to the library for others to use the following year.
How many seeds can I get?
You can get up to 3 packets of seeds per person each visit. Please do not take more than you will use.
The Seed Library Needs You!
We need growers: people who are willing to learn how to be steward seed savers, growing seeds this season and returning them to the library for use the following year.
If you are a gardener or a seed saver and are interested in teaching a workshop or writing an article for our newsletter about vegetable gardening and seed saving – we can use your help!
Speak Spanish, Hmong or Somali? We’d love help interpreting at workshops and help with written material for our Seed Library.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can participate.
Click HERE to learn about other volunteer opportunities with all of Growing West Side’s projects!