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The Seed Library will reopen on February 29, 2020!

Please join in the fun and help package seeds for our grand reopening.
Visit this page to sign up: Seed Packing Blitz.

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)



  • Bush variety - “Painted Pony” (Phaseolus vulgaris) - Out of stock
  • Edamame - "Fiskeby" (Glycine max) - Out of stock
  • Pole variety - “Ideal Market” (Phaseolus vulgaris) - Out of stock


  • “Detroit Dark Red” (Beta vulgaris) - Out of stock

Bitter Melon 

  • "Ganjyu"(Momordica charantia) - Out of stock


  • “Danvers” (Daucus carota) - Out of stock


  • “Hmong Cucumber” (Cucumis sativus) - Out of stock
  • “Russian Pickling” (Cucumis sativus) - Out of stock
  • “Suyo Long” (Cucumis sativus) - Out of stock


  • “Listada de Gandia” (Solanum melongena) - Out of stock
  • “Pingtung Long” (Solanum melongena) - Out of stock


  • Bok Choy “Prize Choy” (Brassica rapa) - Out of stock
  • Mizuna "Asian Green" (Brassica rapa) - Out of stock


  • "Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch" (Brassica oleracea) - Out of stock
  • Ethiopian Kale (Brassica carinata) - Out of stock


  • Lettuce Butterhead variety - "Grandma Hadley's" (Lactuca sativa) - Out of stock
  • Lettuce Looseleaf variety - "Gold Rush" (Lactuca sativa) - Out of stock
  • Spinach - "Bloomsdale" (Spinacia oleracea) - Out of stock


  • Bunching Onion - “Evergreen Hardy White” (Allium fistulosum) - Out of stock
  • Red Onion - “Long Red Florence” (Allium cepa) - Out of stock


  • “Amish Snap” (Pisum sativum) - Out of stock


  • Bell Pepper - “King of the North” (Capsicum annuum) - Out of stock
  • “Jalapeño” (Capsicum annuum) - Out of stock
  • “Habanero” (Capsicum chinense) - Out of stock


  • “French Breakfast” (Raphanus sativus) - Out of stockseed-library-image-4
  • “Miyashige Daikon” (Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus) - Out of stock


  • Opo/Bottle Gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) - Out of stock
  • Pumpkin - "Winter Luxury" (Cucurbita pepo) - Out of stock
  • Summer Squash “Black Beauty Zucchini” (Cucurbita pepo) - Out of stock
  • Winter Squash “Waltham Butternut” (Cucurbita moschataOut of stock


  • "Green Husk" (Physalis ixocarpa) - Out of stock


  • “Brandywine (Sudduth’s Strain)” (Solanum lycopersicum) - Out of stock
  • “Ukranian purple” (Solanum lycopersicum) - Out of stock
  • “Federle” (Solanum lycopersicum) - Out of stock
  • “Cherry Roma” (Solanum lycopersicum) - Out of stock


  • "Blacktail Mountain" (Citrullus lanatus- Out of stock


  • Basil “Genovese” (Ocimum basilicum- Out of stock
  • Cilantro (Coriander sativum) - Out of stock
  • Dill "Bouquet" (Anethum graveolens) - Out of stock
  • Epazote (Chenoposium abrosioides reclassified as Dysphania ambrosiodes) - Out of stock
  • Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) - Out of stock
  • Mint - Common (Mentha spp.) - Out of stock
  • Nasturtium - "Empress of India" (Tropaeolum minus) - Out of stock
  • Parsley “Giant Italian” (Petroselinum crispum) - Out of stock


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 Rochester. Click on the following links for more information:

In addition, RNeighbors has more information on community food garden resources. Check with your neighborhood association to see if additional garden plot options are available right in your neighborhood.




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