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Seed Library During Covid

Seed Quilt by Carole Poma

Seed Library Use

During Covid-19

Fort Bragg Seed Library 

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.

During the pandemic, we are providing 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.  

Please note: 

Fort Bragg Seed Library is a free, lending library of seeds for private, individual use. Seeds and/or plants from the seed library are not to be used for resale.

Fort Bragg Seed Library receives seeds from a variety of donors and cannot guarantee seeds are non-GMO or organic nor can we guarantee they will germinate. 

Seeds being distributed may not meet germination or varietal purity standards prescribed by the state seed law. Patented seed or varieties protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act will not be accepted or distributed without permission of the certificate holder.

To request seeds:

First, see what seeds are available at the Fort Bragg Seed Library using the green button below.

Fort Bragg Seed Library Inventory

When you have made your selections, click on the orange button and fill out the Seed Request Form. Once your request has been filled by library staff, you will be contacted to let you know when your seeds are available for pickup. (note: Seed requests are filled off-site and may take a few days to process)

Fort Bragg Library Seed Request Form

Not finding the seeds you want? As a Mendocino County card holder, you may **request seeds from any of our Mendocino County Seed Libraries.

**Seeds are not transported to other branches so you will be responsible for picking them up at the requested branch.

You will find information and access to all Mendocino County Seed Libraries here:

Questions? Ask at the library, Tues, Thur, Fri, Sat, 10am-5pm, Weds 1pm-7pm or give us a call at 707-964-2020. You can also shoot us an email at

Need help getting started with your fall/winter garden? The library has tons of gardening books, DVDs and lots of online resources.

Mendocino Seed Libraries are online with links to tips for gardening, seed saving, and much more.

Please check us out on Facebook in two places: Mendocino Seed Libraries and The Seed Library at the Round Valley Public Library.

If you find yourself needing more help but social distancing is making it hard, try some of our digital apps for books and videos. For example, you can stream the Great Courses workshop How to Grow Anything instantly on Kanopy or you can check out the eBook “Organic Gardening the Natural No Dig Way” by Charles Dowding on Enki. These items and tons more are available to enjoy right now at your online library.

Happy gardening!