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Seed Savers

Seed Savers

Grow, Borrow, Return
What Is Seed Savers?

Seed Savers is a program hosted by the Dickinson County Library that provides people with access to heirloom seeds that you can use to start your garden!

How Can I Begin?

Visit the Dickinson County Library in the spring and early summer to sign-up for the program, receive your complete Seed Savers Library information packet, and select your beginner seeds from the collection.

What Kind of Seeds Are Available?

The seeds are divided into four categories: tender, very tender, hardy and semi-hardy.  You can select up to four (4) different varieties of seeds (i.e. one tomato, one peppers, one peas, and one spinach).

Typically, the Dickinson County Library has the following seed varieties:

Very Tender: Pepper, Winter Squash, Tomato, Cantaloupe, Watermelon

Tender: Bean, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Zucchini

Hardy: Peas, Radish, Onion, Cabbage, Spinach

Semi-Hardy: Beet, Carrot, Lettuce

What Happens After I Plant?

After you plant your seeds and grow your crop, you will need to collect some seeds from the best plants from your crops and set them aside to return to the Dickinson County Library.  Seed Saver envelopes may be picked up at the library in the fall.

Why Save Seeds?

Humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years.  However, in our culture much of that knowledge has been lost over the last hundred years, along with significant biodiversity.  When you grow and save your own seeds, you:
  • develop seed stock that is well suited to our climate
  • save money
  • mitigate our dependence on agro-business
When you participate in the seed library, you create a culture of sharing and abundance.
Dickinson County Library - (906) 774-1218
Solomonson Branch Library - (906) 563-8617
North Dickinson Branch Library - (906) 542-7230
Email : dcl@dcl-lib.org