The Ottawa Seed Library


The Ottawa Seed Library

This program is intended for beginner seed savers & home gardeners primarily.

Like regular libraries, Seed Libraries are places where community members can “borrow” seeds!  Before planting your garden residents can come access seeds through the Ottawa Seed Library free of charge!  All that we ask is that participants return the seeds at the end of the season so future participants are able to continue participating!

Workshops pertaining to improving seed saving skills will be offered periodically to ensure that all participants are well supported to produce seeds from their crops.  Seeds will be accessed at these training & orientation workshops aimed to provide you with what you need to have success growing out your seed crop.

Successful participants will produce more than enough seeds from their crops to plant the same variety for many years – and still have enough left over to share with family and the Ottawa Seed Library!

We are currently seeking lead volunteers to help manage these seed libraries.  No experience is required.  Coordinators are primarily expected to assist in the coordination of skill building workshops, arrange times for seed distribution & returns, and supporting other future seed library coordinators as new branches emerge.

Get Involved!

The Ottawa Seed Library Newsletter will alert interested participants of upcoming events.  Over the season different events, workshops, & materials will be provided to interested members! Subscribe to receive our monthly newsletter with information about local food sustainability news, events and resources. Click here to sign up.

Please check our event calendar: for information on upcoming seedy events.

Varieties in the Seed Library

Click here for a list describing the varieties in the seed library

Growing Guides

These guides will help you with saving seeds for specific varieties.  There are many great resources out there.  The most accessible guide at this time is How to Save your own Seeds form Seeds of Diversity.  Our guides are derived from their resources – if you would like the guide itself you can purchase it at the Seeds of Diversity website here.

You can find some of the chapters for varieties in the Ottawa Seed Library on this page

Ottawa Seed Library Presents: How to Clean your Seeds Workshop

In this video workshop participants will learn techniques for cleaning and processing common vegetable seed varieties – specifically Beans, Lettuce, Squash, and Tomatoes. Drying threshing, winnowing, screening, fermenting, record keeping and the storing of seeds are all topics that will be covered. Participants will be able to use this knowledge for a whole host of vegetable and flower varieties that will quickly turn you into a Seed Saver Extraordinaire! Participants will also learn what to do with your seed that is to be returned to the Ottawa Seed Library.

Past Newsletters

May 9, 2020
April 22, 2020
April 2020
March 14, 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
September 25, 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 23, 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 21, 2019
May 2019
April 20, 2019
April 2019
March 2019
January 2019
October 2018
September 2018

This program would not be possible without the generous support of:

Ottawa Public Library
Your Credit Union

Thank you for your support!