Ottawa Seed Library (OSL)
The Ottawa Seed Library program is like a regular library but for borrowing seed. Seed libraries are places where community members can “borrow” seeds! Garden residents can access seeds through the Ottawa Seed Library free of charge. All that we ask is that community members save seeds and “return” the seeds at the end of the season to replenish the library, so future participants are able to continue participating!
The Ottawa Seed Library is intended for beginner seed savers, home gardeners, and community gardeners primarily. 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.
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 back to the Ottawa Seed Library!
We are currently seeking volunteers to join a fantastic volunteer team. No experience is required. Coordinators are primarily expected to assist in arranging times for seed distribution & returns. Want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Borrow
- Email email@example.com with your seed requests.
- The Ottawa Seed Library team will arrange mailing you seeds with seed saving instructions.
- Though the growing season, you will save seeds for yourself and the Ottawa Seed Library!
- End of the season: you will mail seeds back to an address provided.
Varieties in the Seed Library
Click here for a list describing the varieties in the seed library.
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.
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.
May 9, 2020
April 22, 2020
March 14, 2020
September 25, 2019
July 23, 2019
May 21, 2019
April 20, 2019
This program would not be possible without the generous support of:
Ottawa Public Library
Your Credit Union
Thank you for your support!