“Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes
What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes?
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.”
Guy Clark, country/folk singer
Have you heard the news? The Library District has launched a new collection: a Seed Library!
This unique, community-driven collection is located on the first floor at Old Town Library. It was created with the help of local partners and master gardeners to promote seed sharing, seed saving, and community participation in gardening.
“Our new Seed Library is about promoting sustainability and homegrown food,” explains Ian Holmes, Adult Services Librarian at Poudre River Public Library District. “It’s through sharing the resources and knowledge to grow healthy food that we can help strengthen our community. The Library can be a great resource for local gardeners as well as local readers.”
The new Seed Library includes a variety of heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and fruit seeds donated by neighborhood gardeners, seed companies, and local businesses.
The Seed Library is open to everyone – from beginner to expert gardener. You do not need to have a Poudre River Public Library card to use the Seed Library (but of course we encourage you to get a card so you can check out the great gardening books we have available).
Borrowing seeds works just like checking out a book or movie from the library: you stop by Old Town Library, browse the shelves, choose your items, and check them out. Except in this case, instead of a book or DVD on the shelf, you’ll browse the seed cabinet to find seed packets you’d like to take home to plant in your garden.
When you borrow seed packets from the Seed Library, we ask that you record what you took in our Seed Library Logbook. This way we can keep track of what gardeners are taking and make sure we can continually replenish our library supply.
But what about returning what I’ve checked out? It’s not like bringing a book back and dropping it in the book drop!
Simple. We encourage you to let some of your vegetables, herbs, and fruit plants grow to maturity so you can harvest the seeds. It’s those saved seeds that you return to the Seed Library as a donation to the next gardener.
The Seed Library is a community-sustained project. We rely on local gardeners for ongoing seed donations and work with valuable community partners and volunteers to maintain the Seed Library throughout the year. We are especially thankful to The Growing Project, The Gardens on Spring Creek, and CSU Extension Master Gardeners for their valuable help getting the Seed Library up and running.
But I don’t know how to save seeds? Can I still borrow seeds for my own garden?
Absolutely! Not only are we encouraging first-time gardeners to participate in the Seed Library, but we’ll be offering educational programs throughout the year around key gardening topics like how to garden effectively in our dry climate and how to harvest and save your seeds. See our online events calendar for a list of planned programs.
Our Seed Library also includes a variety of handouts and other resources for you to take home. These resources are in addition to all of the gardening books and magazines available for checkout at the libraries. Just ask a librarian for help next time you visit.
Seed Library Policies and Guidelines (PDF)
Seed Library Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Whether you’re interested in growing fruits and vegetables because you want to know where your food comes from, or you’re looking to save money on food purchases, or you’d just like to give it a try, the new Seed Library is a great place to start. Community seed sharing offers everyone an opportunity to access home-grown food, learn about horticulture and ecology, and #ConnectToCuriosity.
The first of the Library’s 2019 gardening programs is Wed. April 3 at 12:30 PM at Old Town Library. Check the online events calendar for more programs.