Boston Public Library Seed Library Initiative

A guest post by Kathleen Clifford, South Boston Branch Programs & Community Outreach Librarian.

The Boston Public Library’s Seed Library invites you to create your own garden! You can pick up a selection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds today at a participating branch listed below:

The seed project began to support the growing urban farming movement in Boston. If you’ve never gardened before, we encourage you to pick up a packet and try it yourself!

How do seed libraries work? Pick up a few seeds and plant them in your yard, a pot, or get involved in your local community garden. Ask at your library if you have questions about growing information or lead safe soil. We encourage you to try to collect some seeds for next year or to donate back to our seed library!

Check out our guide to community gardening resources. We also have many books on seeds and gardening in our collection.

Another great resource is GrowBoston, which is part of the City of Boston's new Office of Urban Agriculture. Their goal is to increase food production and support local food producers in Boston, including gardeners, farmers, beekeepers, and more.

Seed selection may vary by location and is available while supplies last. Be sure to share your garden pictures and stories with us using #BPLSeedLibrary. The majority of seeds for the seed library were provided by Johnny’s Selected Seeds.