Seed Library

Ashtabula County
Community
Seed Library

Maintained by local gardening volunteers, Seed Libraries house vegetable, herb, fruit, and flower seeds for public use. We aim to help make healthy food accessible, and to build up a community seed stock.

Where is the Seed Library?

Currently, you can find Ashtabula Co Community Seed Libraries in 5 locations!

Henderson Memorial Public Library
54 E. Jefferson St.
Jefferson, OH 44047
440-576-3761
Kingsville Public Library
6006 Academy St
Kingsville, OH 44048
440-224-0239

Conneaut Public Library
304 Buffalo St
Conneaut, OH 44030
440-593-1608

 Andover Public Library
142 W Main St
Andover, OH 44003
440-293-6792
Rock Creek Public Library
2988 High St
Rock Creek, OH 44084
440-563-3340

Please Donate Seed

Our volunteer-led seed libraries are quite popular! Please contribute to this shared community resource – donate seed. We will take any seed. 

>> Go to the front desk of any participating library.  Instructions for donation and envelopes are there

How does it work?

Anyone is welcome to take seeds out from the library and plant them at home. Take as much seed as you think you will use this season. Some libraries have seeds portioned out for you and you take a whole envelope. Some libraries have empty envelopes for you to portion your own seed. You don’t need to register. Just take seeds.

How seeds are cataloged on the shelf

  1. Herbs & Flowers” are grouped separate. The rest are common vegetable families: “Squash Family,” “Carrot Family,” etc. Seeds that are not in these families are found under “Misc.”
  2. Within each family, the seeds are alphabetical by Common Name. All “Peppers” are together, all “Kales” are together, etc.

Save Your Seed!

You are not required to save seed to participate in this program, but it is highly encouraged.  Also, it’s easy to learn!  There are books, websites, and handouts that explain how to save seed from different plants.  See our How-Tos page to learn more.

And, we (Red Beet Row) teach hands-on seed saving classes every Fall!  Click here for our Classes.

Volunteer for your local Seed Library

Want to volunteer for an existing library? Or get one set up? Talk to your local participating library. Or  Contact Steph – she’ll point you in the right direction.  See below for a sample of, “Volunteer Helper Instructions.”

Join our Contact List!

Get updates from seed library volunteers. Help us keep up the seed libraries!  Contact Steph to be added.

How Do I Get My Library Involved?

We were invited by these local libraries to set up.  Stephanie Blessing (of Red Beet Row) is volunteering as the central contact for each library.  More volunteers make it happen – each library attracts volunteers from their own members.  The library staff help solicit more volunteers, print all materials, get the word out, configure a physical space to house the seed library, and buy in any needed materials (which are minimal – envelopes, shoebox-sized bins, etc).  Steph has templates, processes, and some seeds, ready to go.  She can help organize a kick-off event.  Once the seed library is set up, volunteers help maintain it long-term.  Volunteers are needed to shelve donated seeds, keep the seed area clean, and sort and organize seeds. Contact Steph to get set up!

Sample Documents

Click below for samples of templates we used to set up seed libraries here in Ashtabula County.  They’ve been altered to fit each library.  These templates were taken and altered from these 2 wonderful sources: http://seedlibraries.net/  and  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/09727stirjvilvu/RYaeCSSzqp

Bin Labels

Return-Donate Instruction

Volunteer Helper instructions

Seed Save Brochure

Seed Save Brochure pg2

Display Instructions

Seed Library Labels

For Display: Seed Families

Flier: All Participating Libraries

Display Instructions when the public portions their own seed

Volunteer Helper Instructions when the public portions their own seed