LLD Seed Library
LLD Seed Library
Last year, LLD became one of the first public libraries in Illinois to lend open-pollinated, heirloom seeds. After a successful inaugural year, we are excited to begin the 2015 season with an expanded collection! All seeds will be available for checkout in February – in time to start your tomato and pepper plants indoors.
The LLD Seed Library is a project that we hope will strengthen biodiversity in our community and encourage the discussion of local food systems and sharing of resources. Please click to download an LLD Seed Library Brochure.
The LLD Seed Library Classes
If you are unsure about starting seeds or want to know more, join us on Saturday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. for “Seed Starting 101 with Mr. Brown Thumb.” Starting plants from seed is a fun, easy, and rewarding winter diversion. Come learn how to get started!
We are once again offering Seed Saving 101 classes in early spring. Katrina Chipman, horticulturalist at the Morton Arboretum, will return to the Library for our first class on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. Those who attend a “Seed Saving 101” class are encouraged to return saved seeds in the fall.
These classes focus on techniques for proper seed saving. (Click to download planting and seed saving instructions.) Those who attend an orientation can return seeds to the heirloom collection. Other varieties of seeds are also available for check out and may be returned to replenish the “Local Harvest Collection.” If you have heirloom seeds you would like to share from your home garden, please click to download the "Local Harvest Collection" form.
Stay Tuned! We'll be announcing more seed library programming soon!
Help us build a strong collection by attending classes, borrowing seeds, and planting them in your garden! Enjoy your harvest and let the healthiest plants go to seed. Save these seeds and return some to the Library for next year. Our goal is to create a self-sustaining collection of seeds that are increasingly acclimated to our growing conditions.
If you are unable to attend a class, you may still access the entire collection, but only the Seed Saving 101 seeds will be accepted into the heirloom collection in the fall. This is done to ensure that plants stay heirloom “true.”
The LLD Seed Library is located in Adult Services at the Connection Desk.
Our inaugural collection was generously donated by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. The collection was expanded through our participation in the Community Seed Resource Program, a collaboration between Seed Savers Exchange and Seed Matters to support community seed initiatives.