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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Seed Library

“If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.” – Cicero

What is a seed library?

A seed library is an institution that lends seeds to their patrons. Patrons of seed libraries are encouraged (but not required) to become familiar with seed saving techniques and to save seeds from their crops and “return” them for “lending” the next growing season.

Seed libraries contribute to ensuring biodiversity, encourage the production and consumption of nutritious foods, and connect both the GCC community and the community at large with the pleasures of growing your own food. Seed libraries also help to collect and cultivate local crops that thrive in our particular local ecology and help to preserve open pollinated varieties of fruits and vegetables, which in turn can lessen our dependency on large agribusiness.

And lastly, it is not only an agricultural idea but a cultural one: a vision of a community that values sharing resources and expertise without thinking of profit.

How does it work?
  1. Patrons check out a package(s) of seeds at the library, and are provided with handouts both about growing and saving seeds for the plants they select.
  2. Optional workshops about the seed library are offered at the beginning and end of the growing season.
  3. If patrons are successful, and if they choose, they may return clean, saved seeds to the library, in order for the library to lend these seeds to future patrons.
  4. Returning seeds is not mandatory and no overdue fines are charged for unreturned seeds.
Who can check out seeds?

Seeds are available for anyone with a GCC library card (students, faculty, staff, and community borrowers). You may check out one package of each variety.

Where can I find the seed library?

The seed library is located next to the reference desk, in front of Tim Dolan’s office (C300K). Ask a librarian if you can’t find it!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us at or speak with a librarian.

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