• Science Storytime: Seed Saving

    04/06/2019 @ 10:30am - 11:00am Auditorium Main Branch

    Celebrate spring and all things green as we learn about seeds and gardening!

  • Plant a Garden for Seed Saving

    04/06/2019 @ 1:30pm - 3:30pm Meeting Room B Main Branch

    This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

    Registration is required. Registration starts: 02/19/2019 12:00am Registration end: 04/05/2019 1:30pm

    Get more from your garden than just herbs and vegetables. Go one step further and grow seeds as well. In this class you will learn what kinds of seeds you need to start with, which garden veggies are the easiest for beginners, how the right garden plan can make seed saving easier, and much more!

  • Plant a Garden for Seed Saving

    04/17/2019 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Meeting Room B Main Branch

    This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

    Registration is required. Registration starts: 03/13/2019 12:00am Registration end: 04/16/2019 6:30pm

    Get more from your garden than just herbs and vegetables. Go one step further and grow seeds as well. In this class you will learn what kinds of seeds you need to start with, which garden veggies are the easiest for beginners, how the right garden plan can make seed saving easier, and much more!

Seed Library

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What is the Seed Library?seed-library-image-1

The Seed Library offers free, open-pollinated seeds and resources for planting, growing, harvesting, and seed saving. Grow your own food and return your saved seeds to share with the community if you are able.

 

Why have a Seed Library?

Seeds provided by seed libraries allow people, regardless of economic means, to grow some of their own food, improving access to the freshest healthiest food possible. Through information provided by the Seed Library in the form of books, handouts, workshops, and a website, community members will have access to a variety of support along the way.

Seed libraries are a means for people to learn from each other, share seeds, and share food culture. The Seed Library at Rochester Public Library is committed to providing a culturally diverse selection of seeds so that the multitude of cultures represented in our community can grow foods that reflect their palate and preferences.

They keep open pollinated seed varieties thriving and in use and seed saving knowledge alive. Gardening and seed saving are good for our environment and the future of our food supply.

Seed Library Collection

(click on heading for planting & saving instructions, click on seed name to reserve seeds)

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Bean

Beet

Bitter Melon 

Carrot

Cucumber

Eggplant

Greens

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Kale

Lettuce/Spinach

Onion

Pea

Pepper

Radish

Squash

Tomatillo

Tomato

Watermelon

Herbs

Flowers

A variety of pollinator flower seeds will be available based on donations. These may include things like:

  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
  • Hollyhock - "Outhouse" (Alcea rosea)
  • Marigold - "Starfire Signet" (Tagetes tenuifolia)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacia purpurea)
  • Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Seed Saving Workshop

Printable List of Resources (PDF)

Community Garden Plots 


Community garden plots are available in various locations around the city of Rochester. Click the following links for information about plots available at the Olmsted County History Center and the two locations maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.
In addition, check with your neighborhood association to see if additional options are available right in your neighborhood. The RNeighbors website has more information on community food garden resources.

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