What is a Seed Library?
A collection of donated seeds (vegetable & flower) that are available to both patrons and non-patrons of Harney County Library. You don't need a library card to use the Seed Library, but we'll be happy to make one for you. Seed packets are free – please check out only what you can use!
If you have never gardened before this is your opportunity to give it a try without having to invest a great deal of money. You might only want to grow a few herbs or a row of carrots. A tomato can be raised in a bucket on a back deck. Herbs can be raised on your kitchen window sill. Perhaps you've always wanted to try a certain vegetable but didn't want to purchase a whole seed packet - this is your chance to try something new.
How does the Seed Library work?
The Seed Library operates on an honor system. You become a member after you fill out a Membership Information Form and withdraw seeds to plant. At this time, adults may check out as many seed packets as desired (this may change depending upon our supply of seeds). We have a variety of seeds available. Our seeds tend to be over a year old but you should still get good germination.
I have extra seeds; may I donate them to the library?
We will accept seeds that are in their original packaging, but no hybrids or GMO seeds and no more than 3 years old. If you open the seed packets carefully you can maintain the planting directions for others to follow. This holds true for seeds you get from the Seed Library.
Do I bring the vegetables I grow to the library?
No. We're not equipped for that. We simply ask that, as a way of paying-it-forward, you share your harvest with family, friends, neighbors and/or the local food banks. Harney County Senior and Community Services welcomes fresh produce for their meal program and food pantry.