Seed Library

One of the public libraries in my area is home to a seed library. I just noticed it today! As you can see from my photos, very little is needed to create a rich asset for the community. It all fits on a 2×3 table.

And actually, despite its compactness, this seed library has quite a few bells and whistles (copies of local planting schedules, etc), which, while great to have, would not be necessary in order to get a seed library started.

You could print just ONE copy of the planting info, and invite people to take a pic with their phone. Or if you don’t have access to a printer, you could simply have a piece of paper on which you’ve written the URL(s) to useful document(s). Of course, this has the disadvantage of leaving out folks who don’t have internet access. Consider the demographics of your community and proceed accordingly.

Although I’m constantly online, I have to admit I found the printouts very attractive and inviting. The sheets listing “What to plant in April” and “What to plant in May” will presumably be replaced by upcoming months’ sheets as June rolls around.

The printout listing the sponsors/supporters is a really nice touch.

You could start a little seed library not only at the public library, but also at your workplace, church, school, or even adjacent to a Little Free Library!

For inspiration, check out this wonderful Pinterest gallery of seed library photos. I love the little tiny one that fits in a bead box!

Have you started a seed library or are you involved in one? If so, I would love to hear how it’s going for you!