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It's easy to create your own seed lending library or locate a sister seed library.
What's a Seed Lending Library?
Come to the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, Calif. and “borrow” seeds for free! You may be asking, “How can you ‘borrow’ seeds?” The basic is idea is that you plant the seeds, let some go to seed, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. (Don’t worry. We don’t have fines if you don’t return seeds.)
We encourage home gardeners to save seeds from the "super easy" plants: tomatoes, lettuce, beans, and peas. Do not save seeds from plants in the "easy" or "difficult" drawer until you have more experience seed saving. Learn more about seed saving.
Richmond Grows is a non-profit seed lending library located in the public library. We’re open whenever the public library is open. You do not need to have Richmond Public Library card to use the seed library, but we do ask people to watch our on-line orientation. We provide free classes on organic gardening and seed saving, and of course, you can also borrow books from the public library on these topics.
Seed Saving in a Time of Climate Crisis
Wed., July 24
7- 8:30 PM
Richmond Public Library - Community Room
325 Civic Center Plaza
Free - register
Learn how to save seeds from common vegetables such as beans, peas, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers. 94% of commercial varieties that were available 100 years ago are gone and the biodiversity that we have left will be stewarded by community members like you. Explore how seed saving can enrich your life, save you money, and preserve biodiversity. Help save heirlooms of the past and breed heirlooms of the future.
Taught by Rebecca Newburn, Co-Founder of the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library. Her “create a library” model has helped hundreds of seed libraries open around the world. She has been a leader in the National Save Seed Sharing Campaign that advocates for our right to share seeds.
Envelopes - Grow Out Program
Return quality seed that is well labeled. Use our envelope labels (make a copy) or see if the variety you are growing already has a label pre-made on our Grow Out Program list.
NOTE: Some plants readily cross pollinate, such as sunflowers, corn, and brassicas. If you are saving seeds from these plants and did not cage or hand-pollinate them, write "Crossed?" on the packet.
Help Us Grow Local Seed
Our intention is to grow more local seed for the benefit of the community. We're focusing on preserving varieties that have cultural significance or are rare or unusual while increasing food security and local resilience. What can you do to help?
Video about Richmond Grows' Co-Founder Rebecca Newburn's garden