What is a Seed Library?

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Simply stated, a seed library lends or shares seeds.  Gardeners borrow seeds, grow them and then return some of the harvested seeds back to the library.

Why is a Seed Library important?

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Community seed libraries are an effective way to collect and distribute heirloom, unique and culturally important seeds. Seed libraries help protect genetic diversity, promote food security and aid in the development of locally adapted varieties of plants. Many plants from seed libraries attract beneficial insects and pollinators, while gardeners who use seed libraries can save money and learn new skills. Seed libraries can include vegetables, flowers and native species. They help disseminate seed varieties not typically available from seed companies and promote public access to seeds.

How can I get involved?

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The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library is looking for community members and partners who are interested in establishing a seed library in our community. Anyone interested in participating in the planning and organization stages, please contact Wendy Zwaal at 905-775-3328 ext 6108 or wzwaal@bradford.library.on.ca.

 

If you are able to assist us with collecting seeds to stock our new seed library, please save extra seeds this fall to donate to the Library.  To find out how to donate seeds, please contact Wendy Zwaal at 905-775-3328 ext 6108 or wzwaal@bradford.library.on.ca.

Mission Statement

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To share seeds with our community and encourage lifelong learning through gardening and collaboration.

Seed Blog

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Click here to visit our Seed Library Blog for tips, hints and the latest information on the BWG Seed Library!