human right

A seed library contains open pollinated and heirloom seeds that stored at a public library, or community venue. People who use seed libraries are asked to grow the seeds, and requested to bring seeds back, although its not a requirement. When seeds are returned, it’s a self-sustaining community project.

Seed libraries provide free and open access to seeds, and are a buffer against seed privatization by large multinational agrichemical corporations. It’s estimated that 60% of all seed lines are owned by four corporations.

Seed libraries provide an opportunity for community development, education about the importance of preserving food biodiversity, and they keep the art of seed saving alive.

Library Seed Bank has helped establish the following Seed Libraries;

The Seed Library at McCowan
McCowan Memorial Library
15 Pitman Ave.
Pitman, NJ 08071

The Seed Library at Woodbury Public Library
Woodbury Public Libraries
33 Delaware Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096

Cherry Hill Public Library
1100 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Westville Public Library
1035 Broadway
Westville, NJ 08093

Biblioteca Comunale di Serrastretta
via Castello, 88040
Serrastretta, Italy

Burlington County Seed Library
Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences

307 High St.
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
A collaborative project with Library Seed Bank, Rowan College at Burlington County, and the Burlington County Resource Conservation program, culinary, and environmental studies students from Rowan college will be ambassadors for the seed library at the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences.

Consulted with GMO Free NJ on their Seed Circle of South Jersey Library.

Garretson Forge & Farm
PO Box 1155
4-02 River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Monroe Township Free Public Library
713 Marsha Ave.
Williamstown, NJ 08094

Gloucester County Library System
Gloucester County, NJ
Mullica Hill branch
Swedesboro branch

Proposed Seed Libraries

Slow Food USA Ark of Taste Seed Library
Stockton University

101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441

Jeff has consulted with other libraries and community groups in New Jersey, Utah and Wisconsin.