Boyne Grows

Seed Library

The Boyne Grows Seed Lending Library is
NEW to the Boyne Regional Library!

And we need your donations to help kick it off!

Drop off your dry, labelled, seed in envelopes or containers.

Make sure seed in not F1, F2, or GMO (this seed may not be true to type).

We have labels available here to use or you can use this one as guidance!


Kind of like a book library, but different!!
The Boyne Grows Seed Library allows members to “check out” or "borrow" seeds from the seed library. Members then plant the seeds, grow the plants, and let some of those plants go to seed. Seeds are then collected, dried, cleaned, labelled and returned to the library for use by members the next year.

Why a seed library?
The goal of our free seed lending library is to increase the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by means of equitable access to seeds, and to provide education and programming that fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. It also works to increase community members' engagement with our food system and overall self-sufficiency. Through this project, we aim to grow a robust local food system with increased food production and food security across Carman and the surrounding areas.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  1. Become A Member

A membership to the Boyne Grows Seed Library is free! Sign up on your next visit to the library.


  1. Visit the Seed Library to Borrow Seeds

Our Seed Library is located within the Boyne Regional Library. Members can select the packets of seeds they would like and "check out" seeds using a self-checkout form for recording the seeds they are borrowing. If returning or donating, members will record the seeds they have brought on the membership form and give seeds to our staff.


  1. Save Seeds

Grow out your crop, harvest some for personal use and save the rest for seeds! For the Seed Library to be a sustainable community program, seed library members save and return clean and viable seeds to maintain the collection of seed in the library. Please see the seed-saving resources in the dropdown "How to Save Seeds".


  1. Share/Return Seeds

Collect, dry and clean seeds from your healthiest and most productive plants and return some to the Seed Library to re-stock the collection and share with others. If you are unable to save seeds, we still welcome donations of OP (open-pollinated) seeds that less than 1 year old seeds. No F1 or F2 seeds (1st and 2nd generation hybrids) please!


  1. Volunteer

With your help, we will build a network of gardeners from beginners to experienced who share a love growing. By volunteering, you will help us to sustain this food initiative. From organizing and packaging, to labelling and stocking, we are looking for your help! Contact us today.

SEED DONATION/RETURN TIPS

  • Please try to return at least what you have borrowed. If able, we would love more seed than was orginally borrowed. This helps keep our seed library sustainable.

  • Make sure seed is dry and not F1, F2 or GMO (these seeds may not grow true to type)

  • Clearly LABEL all seed donations with the following information:

        • Common Name

        • Scientific Name

        • Variety

        • Colour

        • Year Harvested

        • Grower's Name

        • Any other information you think another grower might find helpful: taste, size, tips, etc.