Seed libraries are the gardening equivalent of your neighborhood library. Generally speaking, you are able to check out and deposit seeds within your community for free.
Some seed libraries and seed saving groups sell heirloom seeds to fund their mission to protect and promote biodiversity. While they sell seeds, they’re different than many of our favorite seed companies.
Joining a seed library comes with many perks. You can get access to year books where members list seeds they have to trade, receive discounts on seed orders, or buy seeds not available in retail.
But the biggest advantage of becoming a member of a seed library or seed saving group is that you’re joining a community of gardeners who are crazy about seeds, heirloom plants, biodiversity and ensuring our food systems are in the hands of people, not corporations. (Hudson Valley seed Library Membership, $8; Seed Savers Exchange Membership, $40)