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Seed Library

SeedLibraryLogo2The practice of saving seeds has been around for more than 12,000 years. Through the Seed Library, The Kent Free Library hopes to encourage the tradition of seed saving, nurture locally-adapted plant varieties, and foster a community culture of sharing.

 Donating Seeds

Community members are invited to donate seeds harvested from vegetables, herbs, and flowers that they grow.  Seeds must be from open-pollinated, non-genetically modified, non-hybrid and/or heirloom plants that are not listed as invasive species by seeds3the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Kent Free Library reserves the right to refuse or to dispose of donated seeds that do not meet these criteria.

Once you’ve harvested and dried your seeds, bring them to the Information Desk in a sealed plastic bag along with the Donation Form.

Choosing Seeds

Donated seeds will be sorted, packaged, and labeled by library staff and volunteers.  Packets will contain an appropriate quantity of seeds for a typical backyard garden.

To select seeds, browse a printed catalog or the library’s website for available seed packets and information about the variety, the level of difficulty to grow, and level of difficulty to save seeds.

The seed packets are stored in a card catalog near the Information Desk, organized by common name and variety.

seeds2Borrowing Seeds

You may check out up to twenty (20) seed packets per year, including no more than two (2) packets of any one variety. This limit is subject to change as the Seed Library expands.

There is a form at the Seed Library for you to complete each time you borrow seeds.

Returning Seeds

seeds5If you’re a beginner gardener, don’t worry about saving seeds at first. Focus first on having fun and learning how to garden–the seed saving part will come later.

Experienced savers are encouraged to return at least twice the amount of seeds they originally borrowed.

Collect seeds from your healthiest or tastiest crops. Be sure to set aside some seeds for yourself.

Seeds should be saved according to best practices.  Seeds should not be returned to the library unless the grower knows how to properly save them.

Partners and Volunteering

The Library is assisted in its seed saving program by Kent Food Not Lawns and the Portage County Master Gardener Association.  Members of these groups assist with sorting, packaging, labeling, and organizing seeds donated to the library.

Members of these organizations also offer education programs at the library and are available to answer questions via email about harvesting and saving seeds for the Seed Library.

Thanks to businesses and organizations that have donated seeds:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Cleveland Seed Bank

Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co.

High Mowing Organic Seeds

Mustard Seed Market

Seed Savers Exchange

Volunteers are needed for sorting, packaging, labeling, and organizing seeds.  For information about volunteering, please check the box on the Donation Form.

Mission Statement

seeds1The Seed Library of Kent Free Library will encourage the tradition of seed saving, nurture locally-adapted plant varieties, and foster a community culture of sharing. The Seed Library will focus on the following two activities:

  • Establishing, growing, and curating a depository of seeds available to all Portage Library Consortia card holders at no cost.
  • Providing information, instruction, and education about sustainable gardening.

Information about Seed Saving

Books

Click on a book cover for a description and to check our catalog for availability.

Websites

www.seedsavers.org
www.howtosaveseeds.com

seeds4Email Help

Kent Food Not Lawns
kentfoodnotlawns@gmail.com

Portage County Master Gardeners
mcdowellpamela1@gmail.com

Find Us:

Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
330.673.4414
kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org
www.kentfreelibrary.org

Library Hours:

Monday 9:00-9:00
Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
Fridays 9:00-6:00
Saturday 9:00-5:00
Sundays 1:00-5:00

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