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. You can view a list of our available seeds HERE, but please check the cabinet for the most current inventory. 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 grow plants from seed packets marked *SEEDS TO SAVE*, 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!
The seeds are organized in a repurposed card catalog located at the Norwell Public Library. The collection contains a range of seed types which are labeled based on the ease of saving the seeds. Our seed inventory list (available HERE and in a binder at the seed cabinet) contains additional information about the seeds, such as whether they are organic or heirloom varieties. At the end of the season, the Norwell Seed Lending Library welcomes the return of any seeds you have saved from packets labeled *SEEDS TO SAVE*.
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.
- A website which will provide patrons information on gardening topics available at the library and allow patrons to share their gardening knowledge with the local community.
Growing & Saving Seeds
A quick introductory video about saving seeds:
Saving Vegetable Seeds: Tomatoes, Peppers, Peas and Beans by Jill MacKensie
How to Harvest, Process, and Store Vegetable Seeds by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
Basic Seed Saving from the International Seed Saving Institute
Seed Saving Tips by John W. Jett
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
Good Seed a presentation by Amy LeBlanc, Whitehill Farm, Maine
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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