Seed Library

What’s a seed library?

Seed libraries are places to get free seeds to plant and grow your own garden–and we have one!  Check it out on the second floor of the Main Library of the Traverse Area District Library.  We have re-purposed a card catalog to store all the seeds for borrowing   All of our seeds are organic, non-gmo, and open pollinated (to the best of our knowledge).  Seeds are donated from companies whose seeds have those characteristics and from local gardeners/farmers who donate their seeds from harvest.  Seed libraries promote community, protect seed diversity, saves families money, and teaches about the agricultural roots of our region.

Consider donating to the Traverse Area District Library at the Reference Desk today!  Envelopes are available for you to sort or just drop seeds off any way you can and we will sort them into appropriate amounts for “borrowing”.

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1.  Take some free seeds to plant at home.
  2.  Watch them grow!
  3.  Bring back seeds or bulbs from your new plants to replenish our stock and keep the Seed Library growing



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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”–Marcus Tullius Cicero 46 BC