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OPL Seed Library

Important Update!

In response to COVID-19, all branches of the Oakville Public Library, and all programs and in-branch services, will be closed as of Saturday, March 14 to April 5, 2020. The Seed Library will launch for the 2020 growing season once the library reopens. To learn more about our closure, please visit our website.

The OPL Seed Library is an educational project that provides customers with the opportunity to grow their own plants, harvest their own food, and participate in a community-wide sharing initiative.

The communal Seed Library offers a wide selection of seeds, which library customers can “borrow” free of charge. Customers are encouraged to plant the seeds in their personal gardens, nurture the plants as they grow, and, once mature, harvest the seeds to return to the library.

The simple cycle of borrowing, growing, harvesting, and returning seeds promotes a culture of sharing within our community and provides hands-on experiences that allow customers to better understand agriculture and sustainability.

Let’s work together to create a happier and healthier community!

Available Seeds

Visit the Growing Guide for more information on how to grow and nurture your plant, or see the Step-By-Step Harvesting Guide to learn more about how to harvest your seeds.

Sweet Basil Bush Blue Lake Beans
Delinel Beans Chives
Cilantro/Coriander Dill
Rosa Bianca Eggplant Buttercrunch Lettuce
Snow Peas California Wonder Pepper
Black Beauty Zucchini Tiny Tim Tomatoes
Bonny Best Tomatoes Waltham Butternut Winter Squash
Lavender / Hidcote Blue Apex Pole Beans / Hunter

Don’t Forget to Share Your Story

We want to hear about your experience of growing and harvesting your own plants! If you’d like to share the story of your participation – whether successful or not – please email oplreference@oakville.ca.

Thank You to our OPL Seed Library Donors

The OPL Seed Library was established in 2017 from a very generous donation made by avid Oakville Public Library supporters, Richard and Barbara Birkett. Mr. Birkett has been a long-time donor, was a former board member, and has volunteered with the library over the past 35 years.

OPL received its initial collection of seeds as a donation from Ball Seed, a Chicago-based company, and has also partnered with Oakvillegreen to help support the launch of the library.

 


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