On Friday, April 8th, the Mason Square Branch Library will officially open its seed lending library to Springfield residents!
Made possible through a grant from Vermont-based seed company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, the seed library features a great variety of 100% organic, non-GMO seeds for vegetables, greens, herbs, and flowers. With multiple varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, peas, pumpkins, and watermelons, there’s something for everyone!
How do I sign up?
Anyone interested in borrowing seeds must fill out a membership form, located in a binder next to the seed display. Though you’ll only need to give us your contact information once, we ask that you record which seeds you’ve taken every time you borrow from us.
So I can supply my entire garden this summer from your seed library?
Well, to some extent. There’s a limited supply of seeds, so we prefer that each patron take only one orange seed packet per variety of plant and be reasonable about how much they take overall. So maybe grab five to ten packets at the beginning of the planting season and come back for more after everyone’s gotten a fair shot at them.
But wait, how do you “lend out” seeds?
At the end of the growing season/harvest, we ask that patrons save seeds from the plants they’ve grown and bring them to the library so that we can replenish our stock. Don’t know how to save seeds? That’s okay, we’ve got a guide for you to take home and will be hosting seed-saving workshops in the fall. Don’t think seed saving is your bag? That’s okay too; we’ll be taking donations of non-GMO commercial seeds as well. When you return seeds, please make a record of it on your membership form.
I’m a first time gardener!
Great! The Springfield Food Policy Council is hosting a number of free gardening workshops this summer, at the branch and around the city. They’re here to support you.
If you have additional questions please call 413-263-6853, or stop by the branch and ask for Reference librarian, Caitlin Kelley.