Seed Library

Frequently asked questions:

1.How does the seed library work?

Growers obtain seeds from the library counter and record what they’re borrowing, as well as providing email contact info for later in the season. Then growers grow their plants during the season, as usual. Some plants may need a few small changes if viable seed is to be saved for future use. At the end of the growing season for that plant, the grower harvests as usual but also saves some of the seed for next season and returns a portion, typically twice the starting amount, to the seed library to continue the cycle.

2. I don’t live in Kimberley or have a Library card, can I still check out seeds?

Yes! The seed library is open to anyone who lives in the East Kootenay region and no library card or ID is required. You will, however need an email address to participate in the program.

3. How many seeds can I take?

The Kimberley Seed Library exists to maintain a bank of regional seeds and develop local seed breeders, not to supply seed for your whole garden. Borrowers are limited to loans of 5 seed packs per person per season.

4. I’ve never saved seeds before, how do I do it?

Basic information on seed saving is available through the Kimberley Edible Gardens facebook page Also, the Kimberley Public Library has some excellent books on seed saving.

5. How many seeds do I need to return to the library?

Return twice as many seeds to the library as you checked out. More are always welcome! Simply fill out the seed label and return to the SEED LIBRARY BOX at the library front counter.

6. Do I have to bring back the same type of seeds I check out?

We encourage participants to bring back seeds harvested from the plants they grew from the Kimberley Seed Library seeds in order to build our supply of regionally adapted seeds. Since there are many variables to consider when saving seeds, such as keeping breeds pure and plants that take 2 seasons to reproduce, you can bring back different seeds than you borrowed provided they meet the seed donation guidelines.