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
Westville, NJ 08093
Biblioteca Comunale di Serrastretta
via Castello, 88040
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.
GMO Free NJ
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
This is the first library in southern New Jersey to have a seed library and community garden.
Gloucester County Library System
Gloucester County, NJ
This is the first county wide library system in southern New Jersey to welcome seed libraries into their programing. There are six branches in this system.
Proposed Seed Libraries
Slow Food USA Ark of Taste Seed Library
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
Jeff has consulted with other libraries and community groups in New Jersey, Utah and Wisconsin.