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The Free Seed Library at Claverack Free Library

Updated: May 14, 2023

written by Victoria Masters


Did you know that our very own library also has a seed library...and it's free?


You may be asking, what is a seed library? A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free and is run for the public benefit.


The concept is simple. If you are in need of seeds or wanting to start your own backyard garden at home, this could serve as a great jumping off point.


Located near the top entrance of the library for the entire season, you will see a cute little swivel house, and inside are a variety of FREE SEEDS donated to the library that are yours for the taking. There are quite alot of varieties to choose from and all you need to do is sign a quick form of what you took and they are all yours!


There is even a booklet with growing instructions and suggestions on when to sow outside vs start indoors. BTW, we are zone 5b, which is helpful to know when planning your planting schedule.


In addition to serving up free seeds, you can choose from a variety of curated books about gardening related titles which I thought was a great touch! Personally I took home some pea shoots seeds a book about wild gardening!


And if your planting season goes well, you can harvest your seeds at the end of the season and return them to the library for next years selection. I think this is a magnificent full circle production.


I hope you take advantage of this special offering our library provides for us. It is especially great to get their support around growing our own food and educating ourselves further on all things gardening.




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