Missoula Public Library is excited to welcome the Five Valleys Seed Library to MPL. The Five Valleys Seed Library (FVSL) is an ongoing volunteer project that seeks to gather and maintain a collection of locally grown seeds. The seeds will be available to gardeners and farmers to “check out” and use, and ideally let some go to seed so those next generation seeds can be gathered to restock the Seed Library.
Why a Seed Library?
When you borrow and donate open-pollinated seeds through the FVSL, you help:
- Promote seed-saving of successful food, ornamental, medicinal, and native plants in the Five Valleys, Montana area;
- Provide seeds through trade, sale, and free exchange to new and experienced local gardeners, small farmers, and educators at no-to-low cost;
- Propagate heirloom and heritage seeds for local use;
- Cooperate with existing organizations and systems involved with local food production;
- Educate people about seeds, community resiliency and sustainability;
- Support our local farmers.
How it works:
- To find if FVSL has the seeds you want, check the Seed Library cabinet located in the Audra Browman Room, call (721-2665), or ask for help at the Reference Desk. (Note: we hope to have seeds listed in the library catalog at a later date).
- Use your library card to check out the seeds at the Reference Desk. There is no due date, because you’ll plant the seeds, of course!
- Grow your seeds. As FVSL states: “You are also asked to let at least one plant go to seed itself, so that you can collect and return seeds to the Five Valleys Seed Library.”