Soon you’ll be able to check out seeds at the Orange Public Library, which has partnered with Orange Home Grown to offer free fruit, vegetable, herb and flower seeds to the public in a “seed-lending” program.
Orange Home Grown and Orange Public Library Foundation have come together in collaboration to present the first Seed Lending Library for the City of Orange.
The mission of the Seed Lending Library is to nurture a community of backyard farmers and seed savers in and around the City of Orange.
A SEED LIBRARY is a depository of seeds held in trust for the community at large. Community members come to the library and borrow seeds for their garden. They grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they let a few plants ‘go to seed.’ From those plants, they collect seeds and return the same amount of seed (or more) as they borrowed (if they so choose) at the beginning of the growing season. Seeds are free to the community.
The Seed Library is both a collection of seeds and a community of gardeners. Since seeds are a living thing, they must be renewed each year somewhere by someone or unique varietals can become extinct. Even growing one seed and returning it to the library is a valuable contribution.
For more information visit the Orange Home Grown website: