What is a Seed Library?
According to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, "A seed library is a circulating collection of seeds that people can borrow, plant, harvest, save, and—if all goes according to plan—return to the library for others to borrow."
Why a Seed Library?
Seed Libraries offer an easy and affordable way for people to “check out” seeds for gardening and promote sustainable habits as people collect seeds to “return.” A Seed Library offers opportunities for anyone to try their hand in gardening, whether they are a complete beginner or master gardener, live in the city or the country, or want to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, or any combination of plants.
Our goals are to:
How Does it Work?
(Please note that we will not accept cross-pollinated seeds and will only accept commercially packaged hybrid seeds!)
Our first instructions from God were to care for His creation as His imagers on earth (Gen 1:26; 2:15). Digging, planting, caring, and harvesting are small, yet deep reminders of participating in His created order. Our mission is to promote sustainable gardening, harvesting, and creation care practices through the free sharing of seeds to Messiah University’s community and neighbors. Through the tradition of seed saving, the Seed Library celebrates cultural heritage, biodiversity, and sustainability.
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Mailing Address: 1 University Ave., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055