Seed Library

Seed libraries aren’t just a great source of free seeds for your garden — they protect plants, feed people and sustain our environment.

Ideally, a seed library is a self-perpetuating collection of heirloom seeds. This means it is sustained by donations of seeds that are carefully grown and saved for their flavor, productivity or hardiness. While all of our seeds are non-GMO, and many are organic and heirloom, we have not yet achieved the ideal.

This spring, all we want you to worry about is getting some free seeds to grow in your garden. But please remember what you planted for seed saving in the fall, because we can only reach that ideal seed library with your help!

Borrow.

Every spring, you can find the KDL Seed Library at all 20 KDL locations, and on our Bookmobile, while supplies last. We offer a selection of fruits, veggies, flowers and herbs in sample-sized packets.

These are the companies from which we order our seeds — they are organic, non-GMO and often heirloom, and these organizations work to support seed programs like ours:

Grow.

Here are some resources to help you get started growing your seeds:

If you are a beginning gardener, don’t worry about saving seeds. Select what you are interested in growing and focus on learning how to garden. The seed saving part will come later.

Why save seeds?

Growing and saving the seeds of heirloom plants offers a stronger and more diverse set of plants that are well-suited to Michigan’s climate. This means they can survive diseases, bad weather and more. They can also support a healthy ecosystem by feeding pollinators like bees and birds. Plus, growing your own food is fun and delicious!

Find out how easy it is to save the seeds you borrow:

Donations to the 2021 KDL Seed Library came from:

Our Volunteers

The seed library simply doesn't happen without the hours and hours of work completed by our wonderful volunteers.  Thanks to all of them!

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