LLD Seed Library
LLD Seed Library
We are very excited to announce that we launched a seed library! LLD will be among the first public libraries in Illinois to lend open-pollinated, heirloom seeds. 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.
We offered two Seed Saving 101 classes in early May 2014, and will offer both Beginner and Advanced Seed Orientation classes next spring. 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.
If you were unable to attend an orientation 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.”
Help us build a strong collection by attending upcoming programs, borrowing seeds and planting them in your garden! Then enjoy your harvest and let your healthiest plants go to seed. Save the 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.
Seeds will be available for check-out all summer. Remember: You can plant peas, beans, and lettuce in mid-July for a fall crop.
Interested in additional Seed Library programs? Click below for more information/to register:
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.