Guelph Seed Library
We are located in the 55 Wyndham Street North (Old Quebec Street Shoppes), Unit T8, Guelph, ON N1H 7T8 and will be accessible during the Tool Library opening hours.
What is a Seed Library?
A seed library is a collection of seeds where members can “borrow” seeds. This means they take a package/or a number of seeds, grow them and save a similar quantity or more to give back to the seed library for the next year.
We understand that not all crops are successful so if we don’t get the same crop back that’s ok! We do ask that you donate some seeds that you have purchased or saved in return for the seeds you borrowed.
How to become a member
You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to become a member or stop by the Guelph Tool Library. We ask for your name, a phone number and e-mail address.
We accept all non-gmo and non-treated seeds. If we receive hybrid seeds (these will not produce seeds that are the same as the parent), we will use those for workshops and seed swaps. The same goes for seeds saved where the saver is unsure about whether cross pollination occurred. These may still be put in the library with a “plant at your own surprise” tag. You could end up with a really cool crop!
We hope to run a few information sessions every year so that new members have some basic training in seed saving. The most important thing to remember is to dry them well before putting in a plastic bag or jar. Beans, peas, kale, arugula, cilantro, dill, and parsley are some easy seeds to save. Let them go to flower, let the seeds form and dry then cut the stalks and put in large paper or plastic bags to shake the seeds out. You’ll need to dry them for a couple of weeks before putting them in a jar or sealed plastic bag. Remember to label them with the crop and date.
Please be aware that saving seeds from melons and squash are tricky if you are growing more than one variety (or your neighbour is also growing a different variety). Zucchini can cross with some winter squash too! You can look up cross pollination and how to avoid it on the internet or come to one of our information sessions to learn more!
Labelling your saved seeds
Please label your seeds with the crop name, variety if you know it, the year they were saved, and your name.
Thank you to everyone that has donated seeds to the Seed Library!!!
The Seed Library is a grateful recipient of a TD Friends grant that has allowed us to hold more seed saving workshops, bring our seed library out into the community, and create promotional material so more people hear about this great project started by Transition Guelph and now operated by the Guelph Tool Library.