What is a Seed Library?
The seed library is a depository of seeds held in trust for the members of the Mendocino County Library. Members come to the library and borrow seed for their garden. They grow the plants in their home garden and at the end of the season, they let a few of the plants go to seed. From those plants, they collect seeds and return the same amount of seed (more or less) as they borrowed at the beginning of the growing season.
Why is a seed library important?
More and more seed companies are being bought by large corporations that develop and sell hybrid seeds that can’t be saved, and must be bought again every spring. Seed libraries provide the sort of seeds that can be saved and replanted, from year to year.
When you grow, save and share seed you are:
- Increasing the genetic diversity of seed stock
- Developing seed stock that is more resilient and better adapted to the local climate and soil
- Perpetuating the knowledge and culture of seed saving
- Providing seeds to others in our local community
Fort Bragg Seed Library provides seeds through our Seed Request Program. Through the Seed Request Program a total of 20 seed packets can be obtained (per individual) via request for both the Fall/Winter growing season and the Spring/Summer growing season. The Fall/Winter season runs from September thru February and the Spring/Summer season is March thru August. That’s a total of 40 seed packets per year per individual.
Seeds are free to members.
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food – Janisse Ray
The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production – John Navazio
Organic Seed Production and Saving: The Wisdom of Plant Heritage – Bryan Connolly
The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetable, Herbs, Fruit, Flowers, Trees and Shrubs – Robert E Gough
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – Suzanne Ashworth
For more information:
UC Master Gardener Program – Sonoma County -Saving Seeds
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens