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St. Thomas Public Library Seed Library


The St. Thomas Public Library Seed Library is a repository of open-pollinated (mainly heirloom) seeds available to library cardholders completely free! Members come to the library and borrow seed for their garden. They grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they let a few plants ‘go to seed.’ From those plants, they collect seeds and return the same amount of seed (or more) as they borrowed at the beginning of the growing season. Since seed is a living thing, it must be renewed each year somewhere by someone or unique varietals can become extinct. Even growing one seed and returning it to the library is a valuable contribution.

Our Mission Statement:

To educate our community in the importance of seed saving while fostering a culture of sharing, self-reliance, and community resilience, preserving and perpetuating Elgin County’s rich agrarian roots.

Seeds you can borrow:

Browse our catalogue below to see what seeds are offered in the
Seed Library!

Resources for Getting Started:

Download the guides below to learn more about the Seed Library, saving seeds, and donating seeds!