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Seed Saver Exchange

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Branch District Library’s Seed Saver Exchange began in March 2017 at the Coldwater Branch. In 2020, the program has expanded to include our Lucille E. Dearth Union Twp. Branch. We will have vegetable and flower seeds, as well as a few heirloom varieties, available for free.

How it works:

  • Patrons may “check out” up to 10 seed packets per household – no more than 2 of the same kind.
  • Take your seed packets to the service desk to be checked out and counted.
  • Plant them and enjoy your harvest. Please allow one plant to go to seed.
  • Bring saved seeds back to the library in the fall in an envelope, paper bag, or other appropriate containers, and fill out the donation form available at the service desk.

OPENING ON FEBRUARY 16, 2021! Our seed libraries depend on donations and seasonality. To inquire about seeds in the Union Township "Roots and Shoots" seed library, please contact Julie Baratta; questions about seeds from the Coldwater Branch Seed Exchange, please contact Keeley Briggs.

Instructions on collecting and drying seeds, hand pollinating, and planting times will be available. Please consider donating seeds at the end of the season to keep this program going.

Seeds are available on a first-come first-serve basis for as long as our supply lasts. Seeds will be added as they become available. New for 2021, we have joined the One Seed, One State which provided a Provider Bean seed. These beans are a great choice for first time or seasoned gardeners alike! They are a early yielding bush like bean that is great for freezing or canning! You can find a growing guide attached or pick up a copy when you get your free seeds!

We wouldn't be able to have this program with support and donations from multiple places! Thanks to our 2021 seed library donors:

  • Branch County Garden Club
  • Showcase Gardens
  • Branch County Residents

DISCLAIMER: The library makes no claims as to the viability or purity of the seeds donated. The propagation of patented seeds is prohibited by law. The Branch District Library will not knowingly accept these seeds for distribution to our community and discourages any of our Seed Saver Exchange patrons from engaging in this illegal activity.