Thank you to all donors and participants of the Seed Exchange program for your support. The program will resume at both the North Oshawa and Downtown Oshawa library locations, starting Wednesday, March 15th, 2023. Come and check it out at the libraries!
For thousands of years, people have cultivated gardens. Until recent times saving seed from the previous year’s crop to plant the following season was an essential part of the process. Today many people are enjoying the return of the seed saving tradition.
Seed saving is important because you:
The seeds initially selected for this pilot fall into one or more of the following categories:
Donations of corn, soy, canola, rose seeds or any controlled substance are unacceptable.
Participation is free, but it is asked that you not only save seeds for yourself, but the Library as well. When you return or donate seeds to the collection it allows the project to remain sustainable through future growing seasons.
The Seed Exchange is located at the Service Desk at North Oshawa Campus Library, as well as the Social Science, Humanities and Education Library at downtown Oshawa (Charles Hall, 61 Charles Street).
Are all the seeds organic?
The seeds labelled as such were acquired from sources that are certified organic. Users are encouraged to practice organic growing methods and to be as accurate as possible when providing information on their seed donations. There is no guarantee that the seeds donated by community members are organic.
What if I can’t return seeds?
It would be appreciated if you return a small portion of whatever seed you are able to save. You will not be penalized if you are not able to return seed, but it is the community that will keep this a self-sustaining service.
What seeds do you have?
The contents of the seed library are in a continual state of flux. Please visit the library to choose available seed.
All images from ResuableArt.com
Thanks to The Toronto Seed Library, Urban Harvest & Heritage Seeds for their kind donations.
This guide was created by Ontario Tech Libraries and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License, except where otherwise noted.