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Seed Libraries


The Seed Lending Libraries are a collection of edible, decorative and herb seed varieties that are both organic and non-GMO. You may borrow these seeds to grow plants at home. When the growing season is over, harvest your seeds and return a portion of them back to the Seed Library.

With over 600 members and growing…..
The benefits are endless!

  • Save money by borrowing & growing seeds
  • Be self-sufficient! Grow and eat your own produce
  • Community comes together, get involved. A great way to make new friends!
  • Better variety of seeds
  • A great family activity, raise a new generation of gardeners!
  • Save species - losing one plant can trigger a loss of up to 30 other insect, plant and animal species

How does Seed Library work?

Borrowing Seeds
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

  1. Visit the Seed Library station located in the Port Credit and Lorne Park libraries.
  2. Browse the collection. We store our collection of seeds in small, pre-filled envelopes which are clearly labelled and then organized alphabetically in boxes. Select the varieties you would like to borrow.
  3. Using the provided Membership Form fill out your contact information, and the varieties of seeds you have selected. Bring the form to the library staff on your way out. This helps us keep track of what varieties we need to replenish.

Enjoy! It's that easy. Now you just take them home to plant in your yard or container garden.

Returning or Donating Your Organic and non GMO Seeds

  1. Harvest seeds from your crops, setting some aside for both yourself and the library.
  2. Place seeds you are going to return to the library into an envelope or bag, and clearly label with the seed name, year of harvest, and any tips you can share.
  3. Bring your labelled seeds to the Library and drop them off at the service counter. They will be added to the collection for other people to borrow them.

Seed Saving Made Simple

Always save from open-pollinated (OP) varieties, not hybrids. There are two main types of OP crops:

  • Self-pollinating (easiest to save), including peas, beans, tomatoes and peppers
  • Cross-pollinating (require isolation), including brassicas, corn, carrots, beets, squash, cucumbers and melons

Learn more about seed saving

  • Borrow books from our collection
  • Join our seed saving workshops
  • Join the forum
  • Talk to experienced seed-saving gardeners

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