It’s time to help the library grow! The Southborough Library is excited to announce the Thursday, March 19thrd opening of the new Library Seed Exchange providing over 60 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers seeds in individual packets in time to start indoor growing. 

Initial funding for the seeds was provided with generous support from The Friends of the Southborough Library. Seeds generated post-harvest may be returned to the Southborough Library in the fall forming the foundation for the continued sustainability of the Seed Exchange for Spring 2021.

The catalog is located in the Judy Williams Reading Room upstairs.  Each packet includes explanatory seed identification information and details of how and when to plant the seeds. Seeds are provided for free.

The upcoming Tomato Growing Workshop presented by the Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens, provided with funding from The Friends of the Southborough Library, will be held on March 5th, 2020. This is an example of one such informational program related to the Library Seed Exchange.

What is a Lending Seed Library?

A seed library is a place where community members can take out seeds for free, like a book. It is run for the public benefit.  We hope to get folks to garden and grow their own food. We hope to develop a network of seed savers to create locally adapted varieties, to preserve genetic diversity.  Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years. A great way to share the abundance of our community.

Who will be able to participate?

This is a program that is geared for all generations. No matter what level of experience you have. We hope to provide books that will provide information about seeds and plants and the wonderful world of gardening for preschoolers through to senior gardeners.

It is a way for more experienced growers to share their knowledge about what tricks and tips they have picked up over the years.

How will it work?

Patrons can withdraw individual seed packets each spring and then plant the seeds with hopes that more seeds will be returned in the fall. Hopefully those seeds will be more acclimated to this are. This will empower residents to grow their own food and through the leaning, growing and sharing of related programs at the library.

Each seed packet will have information on it explaining how and when to plant your seed to maximize your success in growing them.

Coming Soon