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Seed Library

The Victoria Seed Library offers free access to seeds and seed saving education. Our goal is to support local food security and steward our region’s biodiversity. Locally-raised seeds are more resilient and better adapted to our soil and microclimate.

LifeCycles and GVPL created the Seed Library as a way for hobby and beginner gardeners to share seeds and other gardening resources, and to connect with other seed savers.

You must become a member of the Victoria Seed Library in order to participate. Membership is free and includes access to seeds, classes and other resources. You do not need to be a member of GVPL to become a member of the Seed Library.

Interested in volunteering with the Seed Library? Please contact Jenny McCartney jenny@lifecyclesproject.ca

Already a member? We’d love to get your feedback on how things are going.

Have photos of the plants you’re growing from Seed Library seeds? Please send them to Jesse Howardson vicseedlibrary@lifecyclesproject.ca or adults@gvpl.ca


1. Become a Seed Library Member

Attend a Seed Library Member Orientation and sign a membership agreement. Orientation sessions are 1.5 hours long and will be offered at rotating library branches.

Upcoming orientations in 2016 (registration begins September 6):

Saturday, September 10, 10:00-11:30 am at the Central Branch

 

2. Borrow Seeds

Once you become a member, you will get access to a catalogue detailing the Seed Library’s holdings and you can sign out up to six varieties of seeds. The Saturday and Thursday Seed Library events are drop-in. Registration begins September 6.

Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am-1:00 pm at the Central Branch

Thursday, October 6, 5:30-8:30 pm at the Central Branch

Saturday, October 22, 1:00-4:00 pm at the Central Branch

Saturday, November 5, 10:30 am-1:30 pm at the Esquimalt Branch

 

3. Save Seeds

Seed Library Members are responsible for maintaining the stock of seed available through the Seed Library. LifeCycles and GVPL offer workshops on how to grow and save seed. Registration begins September 6, 2016.

Growing & Cleaning Seeds – Thursday, September 29, 7-8:30 pm at the Central Branch

 

 4. Share Seeds

Collect seeds from your healthiest or tastiest crops and return them to the Seed Library to share with others.

For more information, please contact LifeCycles at 250-383-5800 or

vicseedlibrary@lifecyclesproject.ca


In the media

CFAX 1070 interview April 11, 2014

Times Colonist article April 7, 2014

Victoria News article April 8, 2014

Seeds of Diversity Newsletter article May 2014

BCLA Browser article Vol. 6, No. 2 (2014)


Resources

Local Information

Borrow.Save.Share -supports and networks seed libraries and other seed sharing initiatives across BC.

Victoria Seed Library Catalogue (PDF)

Saving Seed

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security Webinar Series

Bean Observation Form (Word)

Lettuce Observation Form (Word)

Pea Observation Form (Word)

Saving Bean and Pea Seed (PDF)

Saving Lettuce Seed (PDF)

Saving Tomato Seed (PDF)

A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers (PDF) – Organic Seed Alliance