The Seed Library

The Seed Library at La Crosse Public Library was launched in February, 2013, with the help of a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation. Our mission is to lend free heirloom seeds to community members in order to teach and promote the art of heirloom seed saving and sharing. We support local sustainability efforts that encourage growing and eating wholesome, fresh, affordable food.

Seed Exchange

The Seed Library catalog is OPEN! Do you have seeds to share, or want to see what other people have saved? Come to our Seed Exchange on Saturday, January 31, 10 am-noon. Seeds must be labeled and packaged; for details, click to open our flyer.

Save this Seed

Ground Cherry   Peas   Culinary Herbs   Herbs for Health   Tomatoes

eans    Biennials    Flowers

Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA, has great webinars, including several on saving seeds. Click on the playlist to view titles; Seed Saving for Beginners is a good starting point. 

To learn how to flail and winnow with a fan view these videos: Seed Cleaning: Fanning or Winnowing and How to Clean Seeds Using an Electric Fan.

The goal of seed saving is to save seeds from the same variety you started with, and some plants require more care than others. Read tips on Cross-Pollinating Friskiness.

Most of our seeds are saved at home by amateurs. The Seed Library at La Crosse Public Library cannot guarantee their purity or germination rates. Seed saving (and gardening) carries an element of chance.

If you check out seed that doesn't come true, please do let us know by filling out our commend card, Tell Us!. We want to hear about your experiences.