The goal of the Augusta County Library’s Seed Library is to encourage the tradition of seed saving, cultivating locally adapted plants, and to foster community engagement.
The Augusta County Library Seed Library provides seeds at no cost to you. Our hope is that, by taking the seeds, you will let some of your plants “go to seed,” and return some of those seeds to the library.
Fishersville Library (Main)
1759 Jefferson Highway
Fishersville, VA 22939
540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354
Churchville Branch Library
3714 Churchville Avenue
Churchville, VA 24421
Seeds must be dry. Seeds must be clean, separated from the plant and other debris and insects. Seeds must be labeled with type and variety and any other pertinent information, including year collected. Seeds must be from your property or must have been harvested with permission from the property owner. Seeds must not be on the state DNR list of invasive species. Seeds should be free from pesticides. The library reserves the right to use or not use or dispose of any seeds that do not fit the above criteria.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Seeds within the library are arranged in alphabetical order by their common name, i.e. beets, carrots, etc. Some plant varieties might not have an individual section, but will be located within a general classification, such as collards under “greens.”
CHECK OUT THE SEEDS
• Select up to 3 seed packets you would like to “check out.”
• Fill out the seed library log with your information and with what seeds you are taking.
• Take your seeds home and plant them! If possible, let some plants go to seed, and return some of those seeds to the library.
WHY SAVE SEEDS?
• Foster engagement with and between citizens
• Promote self-sustainability
• Promote a health lifestyle and healthy eating
• Preserve agricultural heritage
• Take some empty seed packet from the seed library to collect your saved seeds.
• Fill out the seed packet with as much information as possible (type of seed, season, year, growing location, & any growing tips or notes. (We ask that you provide enough seeds to produce three plants.)
• Place filled seed packets in the appropriate place within the library.
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