What is a Seed Library?
The Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that you can borrow to plant and grow at home. By saving seeds as a community we help create a local seed stock that are better acclimated to our unique climate and which will support an abundant and genetically diverse landscape. We support gardeners from beginner to expert, and help you learn how to grow, harvest, and save seeds.
and community members like you!
How to Participate in the Seed Library:
- Come to a free seminar given by Master Gardener Extension Volunteer UGA, Jackson County Brandy Pethel Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 at 10 am to get free seeds. Seminars will be monthly.
- Seminar topics will include, but are not limited to: how to grow, save, and clean seeds, native plants, cross pollination, invasive plants and much, much more!
- You “check out” seeds ONLY at a free seminar and we encourage you to “return” seeds you have saved or make a donation of a purchased seed package, so that our seed stock remains full for “checking out”.
- You must have a library card to “check out” seeds. Signing up for a Library card is Free.
- Starting Feb 2, 2019, donations will be accepted at anytime. (See Donation Requirements handout.)
Seed availability is based on the season. “Checking Out” seeds works like checking out a book, but you aren’t required to return seeds. In turn, we do encourage you to learn seed saving skills to develop the best local seed stock for the Jefferson Seed Library. Seeds can only be “checked out” at a seminar.
Seeds available for “check out” Feb 2:
Vegetables and Herbs: Flowers:
- Chives * Alyssum
- Dill * Sweet Pea
- Sweet Pepper
Our Seeds are grown and saved by community members with love and care, but may not meet state germination or labeling standards.
At the Jefferson Public Library, we try our best to ensure the quality of our seed using the best practices, inventory care, and labeling. Nonetheless, seeds are alive and people using the Seed Library have varying degrees of skill in saving seeds. You should know, you might experience low germination rates or may not produce true-to-type due to cross-pollination. The Seed Library is solely dependent on donations and we so the best with the time and resources we have.
If you do have any problems with the seed you get from the Seed Library, please let us know so we can try to fix it. Email us at email@example.com. Thanks for your interest in Local Seeds!
Seed saving and Growing tips for the JSL Seed Catalog
Picture Gallery–coming soon
Good Reliable Sources–coming soon