germinating seeds

How to: Start your own Seed Library

Seed libraries make seed available, free of charge. Folks can take seed home, plant it, grow out the plants, and enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of their labor. If they save the seed from their harvest, they can then bring it back to the library and the cycle continues.

In this video, educator Rachel Brice of Monadnock Grows Together (MGT) sits down with Anna Turkle, who led the establishment of a seed library at the Keene Public Library in Keene, NH. Brice and Turkle discuss the common elements that bring all seed libraries together: Exhibit Design, Organization, Education, and Budget.

Monadnock Grows Together (MGT) is a free local resource for gardeners and small-scale urban farmers looking for advice, information, and support. MGT received funding for this project from the National Association of Conservation Districts. The Cheshire County Conservation District, the Keene Public Library, Antioch University New England and their Community Gardens Connections program, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology were all involved partners.

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.