Seed Libraries, Workshops Sprouting Up

The Cleveland Seed Bank’s seed libraries are sprouting up at local libraries across the region, and will be on display until Sept. 22, the first day of fall. This innovative program provides access to up to 5 free seed packets per month from the following selection of organic, open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and edible flower seeds:

  • Genovese Basil
  • Red Swan Bush Bean
  • Copenhagen Green Cabbage
  • Dragon Carrot
  • Red Cored Chantenay Carrot
  • Georgia Collards
  • Rosa Bianca Eggplant
  • Lacinato Dinosaur Kale
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Parris Island Cos Lettuce
  • Nasturtium Mix
  • Cascadia Snap Pea
  • Green Arrow Shell Pea
  • Iko Iko Bell Pepper
  • Sweet Chocolate Bell Pepper
  • New England Pie Pumpkin
  • Pink Beauty Radish
  • Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach
  • Lemon Queen Sunflower
  • Straightneck Summer Squash
  • Gilbertie Paste Tomato
  • Pruden’s Purple Tomato
  • Dark Green Zucchini
  • Milkweed

Seed Library at Elyria Public Library

The 10 seed libraries are hosted at local libraries in Cleveland, Willoughby, Elyria, and Cleveland Heights. 2018 marks the first year for seed libraries at the West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library, the Jefferson Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, as well as the mobile Book Bike and BookBox. The mobile units will attend local events around the Cleveland area this summer, including Wade Oval Wednesdays and Edgewater LIVE. More information on branch locations and details about the program are available at clevelandseedbank.org/faqs

The Cleveland Seed Bank is a nonprofit organization in Northeast Ohio that facilitates, educates, and is building a community network of local seed savers. CSB works with individuals, urban farmers, schools, and libraries to help educate communities on how to properly save seeds in an effort to develop a resilient, locally adapted seed supply. They believe that locally adapted seeds are the foundation of a resilient and sustainable food system.

“Seed libraries are a powerful resource for food-insecure communities and urban gardeners to access quality seed so that Cleveland residents have the opportunity to grow their own food and participate in healthy lifestyles,” said CSB Education Coordinator Kimmy Lessman.

Seed Saving 101 workshops will take place at various library branch locations. These workshops are free to attend, but participants must register online.

—Rebecca Petrilli