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.

For more information, please view our brochure.

Summer 2016 Update

We've checked out lots of seeds and given away seedlings, and we wish you all the best of luck with your gardens.  Seeds will still be available to check out through the end of July.  Come see us at the Reference desk at the Main Library if you need empty packets for returning seeds.  We'll have a booth at the Cameron Park Farmer's Market on August 26 and October 14.  Hope to see you there!

Save this Seed

Peas   Culinary Herbs   Herbs for Health   Tomatoes    Squash   Garlic

Beans    Sunflower    Lettuce & Arugula    Peppers    Watermelon

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 comment card, Tell Us!. We want to hear about your experiences.