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Seed Library FAQs

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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?

LCL Seed Library is a free, community-driven collection that provides an opportunity for residents who own a library card to grow their own healthy food. Members plant, grow, and harvest plants while letting a few plants mature and return to seed. These new seeds are then returned to the library for the next growing season’s 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?

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. Please borrow responsibly; borrow only what you intend to plant, grow and save/return. We request that you do not exceed one package per plant variety.


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 reserves to be placed on the LCL Seed Library collection. Library card-holders must go to the Camlachie Library to borrow seeds.


How do I save seeds?

The methods for saving seeds will depend on the variety of plant. Some seeds are quite easy to save. 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 — indicating the species, variety, year saved, and any other information you’d like to share with others.


Who do I call for more information?

Please contact the Camlachie Library at 519-899-2202; their hours of opening are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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How to Save Seeds

Check out these books (below) for more information. Clicking on the book will take you to the Library catalogue.