Niagara-on-the-Lake Seed Library
To Create: Our Seed Library is a free seed project that is committed to creating a culture of learning, sharing, and community. Through the seed library we hope to encourage the tradition of seed saving, nurture locally-adapted plant varieties, and foster a community culture of sharing.
To Collect: Seeds of heirloom varieties. When you grow and save seeds, you save money and develop seed stock that is well suited to our climate, creating a culture of sustainability and self-reliance in your community. The more seeds in the library, the more members of our community can experience the pleasures of growing their own food.
We would like to thank the Niagara Community Foundation for their generous donation.
How to Get Seeds
Visit the Seed Library located in the Makery
Browse the collection for what you want to grow this season.
Select the seeds you would like to borrow and fill out a checkout form.
Drop the checkout form in the Seed Library’s deposit box.
How to Return Seeds
After the growing season is done, harvest your heirloom veggie seeds from the plants you grew. See the 'How to Save Seeds' section of this webpage for more instructions.
Place seeds from each vegetable in its own envelope or bag and label it with the type of vegetable and the variety.
Drop your seeds off at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library and your seeds will be added into the collection for sharing in the community the next year.
Borrowing seeds from the seed library is FREE! However, your contribution to your community is priceless. Gardening allows you to become more self-sufficient, eat more nutritious food, and save money.
To participate in the saving part of the seed library we ask that you not only save seeds for yourself but also for the seed library. When you return seeds to the seed library they will be catalogued and other community members can check them out.