East Palo Alto Seed Library

The East Palo Alto Seed Library is a project in partnership with the East Palo Alto Library to make high quality, organic seeds for year round gardening available to members of the Backyard Gardener Network and home food producers in our community. Visit the seed library at 2145 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, inside the public library!

How it works:

The seeds in the Seed Library are organized by plant family, with a planting calendar indicating which families will be most successful during each planting season. Gardeners can come and “borrow” seeds from as many varieties of plants as they have room to grow! Those that participate in our seed saving classes and workshops can save seeds from their gardens at home and deposit them back in to the library. Eventually, we hope the Seed Library will be a constantly regenerating source of locally viable seed, created and maintained by our community of gardeners!

Watch a tour of the East Palo Alto Seed Library!


Going to Seed

The online magazine “The Magazine” featured the East Palo Alto Seed Library as an example of a small-scale, community effort to protect seed diversity. An excerpt of the article is below. You can read the full article through a 7-day … Continue reading

East Palo Alto encourages green thumbs with launch of seed library

KCBS.  April 22, 2011. The gardening section of the East Palo Alto Library has been stocking more than just books. For several months, a seed library has been offering aspiring gardeners everything from basil and strawberries to ornamental flowers.  “I am … Continue reading

Seed libraries crop up

Boing Boing.  April 2, 2012. Just as one seed can produce many seeds, one idea can change many lives. Free public libraries were revolutionary in their time because they provided access to books and knowledge that had not previously been … Continue reading

Opening day for East Palo Alto’s Seed Library

East Palo Alto Today.  April 24, 2011. Do you want to plant it, grow it and eat it? If you do, then the East Palo Alto Library is the place to go. In celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22, … Continue reading

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