Seed to Seed

Seed to Seed offers vegetable and herb seeds to the community free of charge.
Simply stop by any NFPL location and browse through our collection of seeds.  No library card is required. Choose up to 3 varieties and fill out the seed form. Each packet of seeds comes with brief instructions about planting and care to help you get started. 

As the plant reaches maturity at the end of its growing season, collect the seeds, dry them out, place them in a labelled envelope (tell us the common name, variety and year), and return them to any NFPL location. This will help re-stock Seed to Seed for the next season.

How Does it Work?

Choose Your Seeds

Seeds are arranged alphabetically by type*. Browse and borrow up to 3 packets from the collection (one packet per plant variety). Each packet contains 5 - 10 seeds.
 
*The Niagara Falls Public Library labels the seeds to the best of our ability. 

Check Them Out

Fill out the Seed to Seed checkout form and bring to a staff member.

Plant and Grow

Plant, grow and enjoy your harvest! 

Each packet includes basic growing instructions. 

We have many great resources on gardening and growing - check them out!

Harvest and Return

After the growing season is done, harvest your heirloom seeds from the plant you grew. Please only save seeds from healthy plants.

Place seeds from each plant in its own envelope or bag and label it with the plant’s common name, the variety and the year of harvest.

Drop your seeds off at any NFPL Library location and your seeds will be added into the collection for sharing in the community next year.

Why Save Seeds?

1.    When you participate in Seed to Seed, you help create a culture of sharing. The more seeds in the seed library, the more members of our community can experience the pleasures of growing their own food.
 
2.    Take your gardening experience to a higher level. The more seeds you save, the more you inevitably learn about botany and the plant kingdom.
 
3.    You save money by using your own seeds and growing your own food.

Learn More:

  • Check out one of our many books or resources on gardening and growing
  • Do your own research through Internet search engines
  • Join the seedsavers.org forum
  • Talk to experienced seed-saving gardeners
  • Attend programs and workshops at the Library throughout the year on seed saving and other gardening topics
  • Check out these links:

FAQs

What is Seed to Seed?

Seed to Seed offers vegetable and herb seeds to the community free of charge.
Simply stop by any NFPL location and browse through our collection of seeds.  No library card is required. Choose up to 3 varieties and fill out the seed form. Each packet of seeds comes with brief instructions about planting and care to help you get started. 

As the plant reaches maturity at the end of its growing season, collect the seeds, dry them out, place them in a labelled envelope (tell us the common name, variety and year), and return them to any NFPL location. This will help re-stock NF Seed to Seed for the next season.

What seeds do you have?

We have the following types of seeds: beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumbers, collards, eggplant, kale, kohlrabi, onions, parsnips, radishes, spinach, and butternut squash.

Seed to Seed ONLY uses heirloom/open-pollinating varieties. Open-pollinated or heirloom varieties have been grown for so many generations that their physical and genetic qualities are relatively stable. This seed will be “true to type” if saved. In simple terms, you will reap what you sow.

Are all the seeds heirloom varieties?

Seed to Seed ONLY uses heirloom/open-pollinating varieties. NO hybrid seeds. 
 

How many seeds may I borrow?

Please only take 3 packets from the collection (one pack per plant variety limit). Each packet contains 5 – 10 seeds.
 

May I have seeds sent to another NFPL location?

No, seeds cannot be put on hold or sent to other NFPL locations. For your convenience, Seed to Seed is at every NFPL location. 

How do I grow seeds?

Seed propagation depends on the seed variety. Information is available with each seed packet including directions for planting and growing that are seed specific. For more information, check out the resources listed in the “Learn More” section of this webpage. We also recommend that you monitor our online program calendar and social media pages for information on upcoming programs related to seed saving and gardening.

How do I save seeds?

The methods for saving seeds depend on the plant variety. Some seeds are quite easy to save and others are more complex. Please see the resources listed in the “Learn More” section of this webpage. 

When may I return seeds?

You can return seeds any time after you’ve completed the seed saving process. After saving your seeds, please package and label them to include the common name, variety, year saved, and any other information that may be valuable to others.