The lcl seed library is made possible due to a generous donation from the Sarnia Horticultural Society and Hawthorne Farms, Palmerston, Ontario.
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Seed Library FAQs
What is the LCL Seed Library?
The LCL Seed Library is a free, community-driven seed borrowing system that provides an opportunity for library card holders to grow their own healthy food. Borrowers plant, grow, and harvest the vegetables and herbs while letting a few plants mature and return to seed. Borrowers then return these new seeds to the library collection. By returning seeds from successful plants, local gardeners help sustain the library’s collection.
Are all the seeds heirloom varieties?
The seeds in the LCL Seed Library are heirloom varieties (saved and passed down for generations). We encourage seed donors to practice organic growing methods and to be honest when providing information on their seed donations.
How many seeds may I borrow?
Please borrow responsibly; borrow only what you intend to plant, grow and save/return. You are now part of a community of gardeners and we ask that you respect that the LCL Seed Library is a shared public resource.
When are the seeds available?
The seed library will have materials available throughout the year, though not all seeds can be planted year round.
May I have these sent to another LCLibrary branch?
No, currently we do not allow seeds to be picked up at other libraries. Library card holders must go to the Camlachie or Watford Libraries to borrow seeds.
How do I grow seeds?
Seed propagation depends on the seed variety. Information is available with each seed packet including directions for planting and growing that are seed specific. For more infomation check out the resources listed below and monitor our online program calendar and social media pages for information on upcoming workshops.
How do I save seeds?
The methods for saving seeds depend on the plant variety. Some seeds are quite easy to save and others are more complex. Please see the resources listed below for saving seeds.
When may I return the seeds?
You can return seeds any time after you’ve completed the seed saving process. After saving your seeds, please package and label them to include the species, variety, year saved, and any other information that may be valuable to others.
Who do I call for more information?
Please contact one of the following libraries for more information
- Camlachie Library at 519-899-2202; hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Watford Library at 519-876-2204; hours of operation are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.