Innisfil Seed Library

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The Innisfil Seed Library is a volunteer-run program with locations at the Cookstown and Lakeshore Branches, and is free and open to everyone. Visitors can browse the selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds, sign some out in our binder and grow them at home to enjoy. It’s that easy! At the end of the growing season, we ask that seed borrowers return some seed at the end of the season and throughout the winter months to help replenish the stock. We offer seed saving workshops and a resource website, www.innisfilseedlibrary.ca, to help people properly return viable seeds.

seeds in envelopesOur Mission

To distribute seeds widely to the community, including members and non-members of all ages and gardening experience levels, and to educate our residents about how to properly save and return seed to replenish the library year after year. We aim to further engage the community with a variety of complementary workshops and presentations throughout the growing season.

sorting seedsWhy Save Seeds?

People have collected and saved seeds for thousands of years; however, over the last century we’ve lost a great deal of this knowledge and the biodiversity we once enjoyed. Gardeners and farmers have become reliant on large seed companies for their crops in turn significantly shrinking the diversity of our plants and food.

Seed libraryBy Growing & Saving Seeds, You:

– Help cultivate and maintain biodiversity

– Develop locally adapted seed to our environment

– Eat healthy while saving money

– Gain local food security

– Become less dependent on large seed companies

– Learn and share with your community
 

Learn more about seeds, seed saving and advocacy:

 
Organic Seed Alliance: www.seedalliance.org
Seed of Diversity: www.seeds.ca
Seed Matters: www.seedmatters.org
Seed Savers Exchange: www.seedsavers.org
Toronto Seed Library: www.torontoseedlibrary.org
USC Canada: www.usc-canada.org
 
Interested in donating seeds or volunteering? Contact Bridget Indelicato at info@innisfilseedlibrary.ca.
 
Our initial seed stock has been generously donated by local horticultural groups and individuals in our community. Thank you!