Many libraries throughout the county have established seed libraries and we are excited to join them. Seed-sharing programs aim to expand access to crops and educate the public, while also protecting scarce agricultural resources. Another common goal of seed libraries is to educate people on the unique plants and specific needs of the region, be it high-altitude, humid, urban, or rural. But each seed library is a little different. They encourage patrons to grow and save seeds to return to the seed collection.
How to Use the Seed Library
- Explore the seed library catalog of seeds and select up to five packets of seeds.
- Please record which free seed packets your are taking with you. This helps with future purchasing decisions. Please limit selection to 5 packets. Enter the date, your name, seed type and the number of packets on the form.
- Allow at least one of your plants to go to seed and collect them to return to the library when the plant has completed its cycle.
2019 Free Workshops with UC Master Gardeners of Placer County!
These workshops are open to gardeners of all levels and are especially useful if you’ve always wanted to have a garden but didn’t know where to start. Please join us.
Saturday, Jan. 5, 10:30 – 11:30 am
A Healthy Garden Begins with Soil
What IS Soil? It’s not just dirt. Learn what makes up healthy soil and what lurks beneath…
Saturday, Mar. 2, 10:30 – 11:30 am
A Rind is a Terrible Thing to Waste (Composting and Mulching)
Black gold! Learn how to take your kitchen waste and garden left overs and turn them into compost to enhance your garden. Learn what mulch is and how to use it.
Saturday, May 4, 10:30 – 11:30 am
What IS That Veg? (Unusual Veg/Basic Seed How-to)
Cucamelon? Painted serpent cucumber? What are you talking about? Get advice on planting a summer vegetable garden and hear about some unusual veggies. Get some seeds, too.
Saturday, Aug. 3,10:30 – 11:30 am
Planting a Winter Garden—NOW??? (+Cover Crops)
Why you need to plan your winter garden BEFORE winter. Learn which crops grow best in cooler weather and how to protect your soil from winter damage.
Saturday, Oct. 5,10:30 – 11:30 am
Hit or Myth? (Gardening Myths)
This is an interactive, audience participation event. Come and vote for your favorite home remedy in the garden. Is it a hit or is it a myth? Find out the truth.
- UC Master Gardeners of Placer County Placer County Vegetable Planting Guide
- UC Master Gardeners of Placer County Website
(we’ll have copies of these available to our patrons).
- Growing Library Garden Programs
- What Are Seed Libraries And Why Are They Important? An Explainer
- Growing Library Seed Programs – lots of links discussing seed libraries across the country
- Richmond, California Public Library’s Seed Program. It contains information on why we should save seeds, how to save them, what a seed library is, and gardening/seed related videos.
- Seed Savers Exchange How to Save Seeds
- Mother Lode Seed Library Homepage
- Chico Seed Lending Library: Cool Season Vegetable Seeds
- Seed Library Web Site
- Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds
- Biodiversity Heritage Library
- Cool Beans! A free magazine that supports communities to launch, maintain and grow their seed library and local resilience.