The Seed Library of Waynesville: Sowing Seeds, Preserving Heritage
SEED LIBRARY NOW OPEN!
What's a Seed Library?
The Seed Library of Waynesville is a seed lending library, not a seed bank or depository. We are located in the library and are open whenever the library is open. You must have a Cardinal Library card in good standing to check out seeds. To return seeds, you will be required to fill out a seed library membership form. We provide free classes on organic gardening and seed saving, and of course, you can also borrow books from the public library on these topics. So come to the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville and “borrow” seeds for free! When you borrow seeds, you will be planting them and then returning the next generation of the seeds for others to borrow. We encourage beginning home gardeners to save seeds from the "super easy" and “easy” plants (i.e. tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and peppers). Please do not try to save seeds from plants in the "difficult" category (i.e. squash, cucumbers, corn) until you have more experience saving seeds.
Why start a seed lending library?
Humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years. However, in our culture much of that knowledge has been lost over the last hundred years, along with significant biodiversity. When you grow and save your own seeds, you develop seed stock that is well suited to your climate, save money, and have control quality. And, when you participate in the seed library, you help create a culture of sharing and abundance.
Our Mission is to increase the ability of our community to feed itself wholesome food by being an accessible and free source of locally adapted plant seeds, supplied and cultivated by and for Haywood County and nearby area residents. The Seed Library of Waynesville celebrates biodiversity through the time-honored tradition of seed saving, nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters community resilience, self-reliance, and a culture of sharing. The Seed Library of Waynesville strives to fulfill its mission by focusing on two activities:
There are lots of ways to get involved. Here are just a few:
Thanks to Richmond Grows Seed Library for all its assistance (information, forms, stamp formats…etc), ‘Buy Haywood’ for it’s support and partnership , Sow True Seeds for the generous donations, and the Friends of the Haywood County Public Library for their generous support of all library programs!
Haywood County Public Library won a 2014 Community Pride Award for the Seed Library and Giving Garden.