a collaboration of Norwell Farms and the Norwell Public Library
Stop by the Norwell Public Library to browse the seed collection and sign out free seed packets for your garden. We have a variety of herb, vegetable, flower, organic and non-organic, heirloom and hybrid options. Signing out seeds is simple- just choose the seeds you'd like from the cabinet, then complete a quick form in the Sign-Out Binder!
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A seed lending library is a system for participants to "borrow" and "return" seeds for free. Simply visit the Norwell Seed Lending Library to select the seeds you'd like to take home, plant and enjoy. If you know how to save seeds, we ask that you save some of the seeds from the most hearty plants that grew, then "return" them to the Norwell Seed Lending Library for others to "borrow" next season!
Norwell Seed Lending Library's Mission Statement:
The Norwell Public Library and Norwell Farms have initiated a collaborative to stimulate interest in gardening in the local community through the development of:
- A Seed Lending Library which will provide seeds to patrons from plants that thrive in our local area, and encourage patrons to donate seeds from successful varieties of plants they have grown.
- Educational programs and lectures to provide information on various gardening topics including organic gardening, how to save seeds, successful gardening tips and trips to gardens.
Growing & Saving Seeds
A quick introductory video about saving seeds:
Basic Seed Saving from the International Seed Saving Institute
A Garden Guide to Saving Seeds by Nancy Bubel in Mother Earth News
Easy Plants for Seed Saving from the Bifurcated Carrots blog
Saving Seed from GrowVeg.com
What's the Difference Between Genetically Modified, Heirloom, Hybrid, Non-Hybrid, and Open Pollinated Seeds? by Mike Lieberman on Urban Organic Gardening
The Norwell Public Library also offers many gardening and seed books and ebooks!
Click here for a list of suggested titles.
Please contact us if you'd like to help, want to join the mailing list or have any questions!
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