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.

6 Chances to Learn Seed Saving this Fall! – Click here


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

Volunteer for your local Seed Library

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

How does it work?

Step 1. Anyone is welcome to take seeds out from the library and plant them at home. Take as many packets as you think you will use. 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.

Step 2. Seeds you don’t use, or have from other sources, feel free to donate back to the library. Donations are taken at the front desk.

Step 3. At the end of the growing season, collect seed from your plants and donate them back to the library!

 

What if I don’t know how to save seed?

You are not required to save seed to participate in this program.  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.

I just want to Donate Seeds

Great! We’d love to have them!  We’ll take any seed you have to donate.  >> Go to the front desk of any participating library.  Instructions for donation and envelopes are there.

Join our Contact List!

Get updates from our seed library volunteers about local gardening events, changes that happen in the seed library, requests and needs, or other seed-related communication.  Join us – get involved – help us keep up the seed library!  Contact Steph to be added to the Seed Library communication list.

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