Chemung County Library District

Seed Lending Library

We are pleased to announce the CCLD Seed Lending Library program at two of our branches: Horseheads and Big Flats. The Seed Lending Library program begins June 12th!

What is a Seed Lending Library?

Come to either of our seed lending locations and "borrow" seeds for free! How can you borrow seeds? The basic idea is that you plant the seeds, let some go to seed, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. The seeds you save and return are a gift to your community. We hope you learn much, experience the joy of gardening, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

How do I borrow seeds?

If you are interested in borrowing seeds, you will need a library card. There are no overdue fines, we just ask that you bring back some seeds. When you check out seeds, you will receive information about seed saving to take with you. Seeds should be returned in a clearly marked envelope (indicate what the plant is on the envelope). If you are unable to get viable seeds from your plant, you can bring back a pack of seeds (only open-pollinated or heirloom - no hybrid).

Grand Opening Kick-off Reception at the Horseheads Library

Join us on Wednesday, June 11th from 6:30-7:30 PM for the grand opening of our Seed Lending Library! Enjoy a reception and check out some seeds with your library card!

Call the Horseheads (739-4581) or Big Flats (562-3300) library for more information about the Seed Lending Library.

We would like to thank Cornell Cooperative Extension, and specifically Jabe Warren, Horticulture Expert and Master Gardener, for most generous giving of time, help and information in order for us to start our Seed Library!

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