Seed Library & Exchange

Westport Grows ...
Seed Library & Exchange

seed library & exchange

From avid gardeners to novices, "Westport Grows... Seed Library & Exchange" offers support for growing and saving seeds. We have a catalog full of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Check out seeds for free.

The Seed Library & Exchange is located near the Reference service desk.

Also, watch for talks, seminars and workshops. See below, for links to places to pick your own produce.

Detailed guide to the Seed Library.

Why is it helpful to save seeds?

  • Create new varieties specifically adapted to local growing conditions and your tastes.
  • Save money by saving your own seeds instead of buying commercial seeds every year.
  • Preserve the genetic diversity of heirloom food plants.
  • Help retain plants' natural pest resistance.

seed libraryBorrowing is Easy!

  • Choose the seeds you want to grow from the seed catalog.
  • Open the seed packet over the tray, and take out the seeds you will be taking home. Take about 2-3 seeds for every plant you intend to grow.
  • Use one of our envelopes for your seed, label it and tape it shut.
  • Seal the original seed packet and place it back in its drawer.
  • When you have all you want, use the computer next to the seed drawers to check out your seeds.
  • Go home, start growing and spread the word!.

Returning seeds at the end of the season is appreciated but not required. Using organic techniques, producing seeds from plants grown without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and growth regulators, is preferred. When saving seeds, please label with as much information as possible. Here's a guide to saving a variety of seeds: Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook.

All of our seeds are 100% organic.

 

pick your ownPlaces to pick your own produce: