We're a public library collecting and sharing bio-diverse, locally-adapted plant seeds, cultivated by and for area residents.
Radio | June 18th
You Lend What? Seed Lending Libraries Crop Up Around Massachusetts
Courtesy photo, Andrea Shea/WBUR
See Enid B. & Debbie B. on WBUR's website article on seed stories here. Also check out the audio file about the Polish Lady Tomato story from Enid.
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Watch the Concord Seed Lending Library interview with Enid B. on Chronicle here!
Concord | Sept. 13 & 14
Concord Farm & Garden Fair
Visit with the Co-Coordinators of the Concord Seed Library as they demonstrate some seed saving techniques for gardeners as well as enjoy some fresh produce! More details on our event coming soon. See the www.concordfood.ning.com website for more info.
Concord | May 20th 7:00pm
Friends' Meeting & Seed Library Discussion
Enid was asked to speak at the Annual Meeting for the Friends of the CFPL at the Main Library about the goings on and how to save seed for the Seed Lending Library. I hear there was also a showing of the Chronicle segment at the event, which tied in very nicely into her presentation.
Concord | May 14th 3:00pm
Kitty and Enid were filmed at the Fowler Branch Library last week for a Chronicle segment called, “What’s New” that aired Tuesday, 5/20 at 7:30 p.m. on WCVB. Milda C. from the Fowler Branch, will also be featured receiving some returned seeds from John L. at the Circulation desk. Hope you got to catch the segment!
Worcester | May 8th 11:00am - 12:15pm
You Lend What??
Enid Boasberg & Kitty Smith presented in the, "You Lend What??" program at the MLA Conference, May 8th at the Worcester DCU Center at 11:45am. They joined forces with Kip Roberson from the Littleton Seed Library during their presentation. There were lively presentations from several area libraries on what they are lending ...not just books, but things like instruments and tools too!
Let us know about any seed stories you might have, such as if you got an heirloom corn seed passed down from Aunt Amelia. Maybe you planted one of our seeds that you borrowed last year. Or, perhaps your Great Grandfather from Arkansas had this unbelievable tomato he grew every year, and some of your fondest memories are from his tomato sandwiches you had. We want to know! Email us and we'll put your story on our homepage.
Where can I find the PowerPoint from your speaker event?!
See our Events page for recent events and resources from these events as well as our Seed Library Partner events.
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What is a Seed Lending Library? How Can You "Borrow" Seeds?
Photo credit: courtesy of Maia Kennedy
The Concord Free Public Library is growing one of the first seed lending libraries in Massachusetts. We hope the idea will go 'fungal' and every library will have a seed library.
How it Works
The time honored tradition of seed saving promotes biodiversity and nurtures locally adapted plants varieties. Saving seed increases our community’s capacity to feed itself wholesome
food by encouraging gardening and the cultivation of open pollinated and heirloom seeds.
How Do You Save Seeds?
We will have three categories of seeds; Super Easy, Easy, and Difficult. These categories pertain to what level of saving seeds they are, not how hard they are to grow. We will teach you how to save seed for each group and we also hope to offer organic gardening lessons as well.
Where Are You Located?
The Concord Seed Lending Library is located in the lower level of the Fowler Branch Public Library in Concord, Massachusetts. This is a new initiative supported by the Concord Free Public Library.
When May I Start Borrowing Seeds?
We opened for business at the Concord Fowler Branch Public Library as of April 2013. You don’t need a library card to borrow seeds but we do ask that you view our Seed Saving page to read the seed saving orientation first before returning any seed.
Want to learn more or have questions?
See this page to submit a question or suggestion or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
We're Open! See how to get started in planting your seeds on our Resources page.
Farming around Concord
See a map of many local farms in Concord here.