How do I borrow seeds?
The Innisfil Seed Library (ISL) offers seeds to borrow typically from April through September. After browsing the selection of seeds, we invite gardeners to select a few packets to grow in their home gardens and sign them out in the ISL binder.
How do I save seeds?
ISL offers seasonal workshops at both library locations. The workshops include how to identify, harvest, dry and store vegetable, herb and flower seeds. To start, plan to save seeds from plants that are identified on the seed packet as “easy to save” and then move on to the more difficult ones. We encourage gardeners to practice organic gardening methods for seed saving. Every year check your older seeds for viability or high germination rate - click here to find out how. Please visit our website to learn more.
How do I return harvested seeds?
• Package and label your returns in your own packaging including seed name and harvest date and city
• Record your returns in the same binder that you signed them out
• Place seed packets in seed donation bins in the seed library displays available year round
• We encourage gardeners to return open pollinated and heirloom seeds. Checking for seed viability before returning seeds would be appreciated. Please visit our website to learn more.
How many seeds can I borrow?
There is no limit to the number of seed packets you may borrow. We suggest that gardeners borrow a few different types of plants to try – maybe a seed packet each of lettuce, peas, spinach, cucumbers and a couple of varieties of flowers. Each seed packet contains enough seeds of a variety for a typical home gardener in a growing season.
Where do the ISL’s seeds come from?
Most of the seeds are generously donated by local gardeners from their harvests or leftover purchases.
Which seeds are available?
The seed stock of vegetables, herbs and flowers in our seed library bins is ever-changing. We aim to include home garden vegetables, herbs and flowers including native species, open pollinated and heirloom varieties.
Why save seeds?
People have collected and saved seeds for thousands of years; however, over the last century we’ve lost a great deal of this knowledge and the biodiversity we once enjoyed. Gardeners and farmers have become reliant on large seed companies for their crops in turn significantly shrinking the diversity of our plants and food. By growing and saving your seeds, you:
• Help cultivate and maintain biodiversity
• Develop locally adapted seed to our environment
• Eat healthy while saving money
• Gain local food security
• Become less dependent on large seed companies
• Learn and share with our community
How can I find out more?
Join our email list, ask questions or become a volunteer:
Contact Bridget Indelicato, Founder, ISL through the contact form
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