Seed Library

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OPENING SPRING 2019  

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 Collectionseed-library-image-2

Bean

  • Bush Bean “Painted Pony” (Phaseolus vulgaris)
  • Edamame (Glycine max)
  • Pole Bean “Ideal Market” (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Beet

  • “Detroit Dark Red” (Beta vulgaris)

Carrot

  • “Danvers” (Daucus carota)

Cucumber

  • “Hmong Cucumber” (Cucumis sativus)
  • “Russian Pickling” (Cucumis sativus)
  • “Suyo Long” (Cucumis sativus)

Eggplant

  • “Listada de Gandia” (Solanum melongena)
  • “Pingtung Long” (Solanum melongena)

Greens

  • Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosiodes)
  • Kale “Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch” (Brassica oleracea)
  • Lettuce “Grandma Hadley’s” (Lactuca sativa)    Butterheadseed-library-image-3
  • Lettuce “Gold Rush” (Lactuca sativa) Looseleaf
  • Mustard Greens “Amara” (Brassica carinata)
  • Mizuna (Brassica rapa)
  • Bok Choy “Prize Choy” (Brassica rapa)
  • Spinach “Bloomsdale” (Spinacia oleracea)

Onion

  • “Long Red Florence” (Allium cepa)
  • “Evergreen Hardy White” (Allium fistulosum) Bunching

Pea

  • “Amish Snap” (Pisum sativum)

Pepper

  • “King of the North” (Capsicum annuum) Bell pepper
  • “Jalapeño” (Capsicum annuum)
  • “Habanero” (Capsicum chinense)

Radish

  • “French Breakfast” (Raphanus sativus)seed-library-image-4
  • “Miyashige Daikon” (Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus)

Melon

  • Bitter melon (Momordica charantia)
  • Opo (Lagenaria siceraria)
  • Watermelon “Blacktail Mountain” (Citrullus lanatus)

Squash

  • Cornfield Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo)
  • Summer Squash “Black Beauty Zucchini” (Cucurbita pepo)
  • Winter Squash “Waltham Butternut” (Cucurbita moschata)

Tomatillo

  • Tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa)   

Tomato

  • “Brandywine Sudduth’s Strain” (Solanum Lycopersicum)
  • “Ukranian purple” (Solanum Lycopersicum)
  • “Federle” (Solanum Lycopersicum)
  • “Cherry Roma” (Solanum Lycopersicum)

Herbs

  • Basil “Genovese” (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Cilantro “Santo” (Coriander sativum)
  • Dill (Anethum graveolens)
  • Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
  • Mint (Mentha spp.) Common type
  • Parsley “Giant Italian” (Petroselinum crispum)

Pollinator Plants

  • Coneflower
  • Lavender Hyssop
  • Marigolds
  • Milkweed
  • Nasturiums
  • Zinnias

Seed Saving Workshop

Printable List of Resources (PDF)

 

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