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Seed Lending Library


Community Seed Network, logo and seed image Community Seed Network

We’re excited to have joined the Community Seed Network, a project of Seed Savers Exchange and USC Canada!

The Community Seed Network is an online platform that connects and supports community seed initiatives by providing resources, information, and networking. Connectshare, and learn with other seed savers!

SeeUBC Farm tour image ds of Knowledge - Research Day @ The UBC Farm Market

This event will highlight some of the results from the golden and Chioggia beet variety trials in the BC Seed Trials as well as other research happening at UBC Farm, and featuring the popular beet tasting that highlights red, golden, and Chioggia beets! They will have plain beets for tasting and will feature some signature dishes prepared by BC Seed Trials Research Assistant and Chef, Carla Hick. Seeds of Knowledge is kid friendly, so please bring the whole family along!

Welcome to the UBC Seed Lending Library

Welcome to the UBC Seed Lending Library! We are open to everyone, and  we're located in two locations; Woodward Library and the Education Library on the Vancouver campus. The UBC Seed Lending Library allows anyone to "borrow" seeds free of charge, and provides opportunities to learn about gardening, seed saving, and agricultural research and teaching at UBC.

Thank you to our partner, UBC Farm, for their support of the UBC Seed Lending Library!

Our seeds come from borrowers who kindly return seeds at the end of the growing season as well as donations from the UBC Farm and West Coast Seeds, and a UTown@UBC grant which helped us to purchase seeds from the BC Eco Seeds Co-op.

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What is a Seed Library?

Like traditional library services, a seed library provides access to a resource. Patrons are able to borrow seeds for their own garden! A seed library is a collection of seeds that can be "borrowed" with the goal of contributing to learning, experimentation, and community. As users learn about seed saving, they return the seeds from their crops for others to use. 

Why Grow and Save Seeds?

When you grow and save seeds, you:

  • Develop seed stock that is well suited to local growing conditions
  • Preserve heritage and biodiversity
  • Save money by growing your own food from the seeds you save
  • Contribute to a community effort to preserve and use local seed varieties growing and sharing seeds
  • Learn about seeds and seed saving
  • Create a culture of sustainability and self-reliance in your community