What is a Seed Library?
Community members can come and check out seeds just like they check books, music, and DVDs, for free from the Library, and then grow, save, and at the end of season, “return” seeds back to the Library. This gives Library card holders free access to hundreds of varieties of seeds, many of which are specific to our local climate. The Bud Werner Library also offers educational events to support gardeners in planting, growing, harvesting, and saving seeds.
Why Are Seed Libraries Important?
Seed libraries are comprised of a collection of open pollinated, heirloom, and native seed varieties. By participating, library card holders may "borrow" seeds to grow their own food. Seed saving efforts help conserve the planet’s genetic diversity, and build a local and participatory food system.
Can I Comment on the Seeds I Grow?
Yes! We encourage you to comment on, and rate the varieties you grow in our catalog by finding the seed, clicking "Review", and logging in with your library card number. Any useful growing tips (full sun, partial shade, south facing, etc) will be appreciated by other gardeners in the community.
How Do I Grow Seeds?
Growing and seed saving details for each variety can be found in our online catalog, and on the seed packets themselves.
Where Can I Find More Information?
To further support your gardening goals, links to handouts and a resource list from the CSU Master Gardeners are available here: