Seed Library


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.


The Seed Library is made possible by donations from   

and community members like you!

Thank You!


How to Participate in the Seed Library:

  • Come to a free seminar.
  • 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.
  •  Seed Donations are now being accepted. (See Donation Requirements handout  and Donations form .)


Vegetable Swap and how to preserve your harvest

    Saturday, June 15 at 11 am


Uh-oh. Did you grow to much? Bring your garden produce to the Vegetable Swap AND and get free information on how to preserve your harvest!




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 Thanks for your interest in Local Seeds!





Seed Saving and Growing tips for the JSL Seed Catalog


Growing Tips


      How to Save Seeds


     Layering–Coming Soon



Seed Saving and Plant Propagation Video–Coming Soon



Other Helps:


Food Preservation


May the 4th be with you!

Garden Helps


Herbs in Southern Gardens


Invasive Species List


Picture Gallery 


Seed Catalog (Seed Availability is based on the Season)


Contact Us

Email Master Gardener Brandy Pethel at

Email Elizabeth Jones at 



Requirements for Seed Donations

Seed Donation Form