What is a Seed Library?
A collection of seeds which can be borrowed, grown, and returned!
Seed Library Mission
The Seed Library is a free program committed to increasing our ability to feed ourselves wholesome food by offering seeds and education. Through the time-honored tradition of seed saving we celebrate biodiversity, nurture locally adapted plant varieties, and foster community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing.
Come grow with us!
Funding for the Seed Library
The Seed Library is funded by memorial donations for Nancy Crosby. Nancy passed away on August 21, 2015. The Greensburg Decatur County Public Library received many memorial donations on her behalf. With large donations the Library strives to do more than just buy books. Nancy was very involved in Agriculture in Decatur County. A seed library seemed like a good way to use the memorial funds donated in her name. The Seed Library at the Greensburg – Decatur County Public Library went live in March, 2016. Memorial funds were used to purchase seed and storage for the seed. Funds will be available for years to come. Thank you to the friends and family of Nancy Crosby for making this project possible.
The Seed Library gratefully accepts open pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds from the following vegetable crops: Beans, Fava Beans, Lettuce, Peas, Peppers, and Tomatoes. If you can demonstrate that you have taken the proper precautions to prevent cross-pollination, seed from other families may be accepted.
We will accept donations of open pollinated flower, grain and herb seeds!
We will also happily accept Heirloom and non-hybrid seed which have been purchased from a commercial grower, please leave seed in its original seed packaging.
Corn and Soybean seeds purchased or saved will NOT be accepted due to their extensive commercial use in Indiana!
Decatur County is fortunate to have Community Gardens available for the public to use. Approximately 26 spots will be available in 2016. Garden spots are tilled and fertilized. Those who get a spot are responsible for planting, weeding and harvesting. For more information or to claim your spot, call Oris Reece, 812-593-3092
Indiana Gardening Information
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp is considered the foremost authority on gardening in Indiana. On this site you will find a variety of gardening information including monthly gardening checklists.
This site is a service of the Consumer Horticulture Program at Purdue University. While the information is prepared with Indiana and other gardeners in the Midwestern U.S. in mind, much is applicable to gardeners around the globe.
How to Save Seeds
Seed Library in Richmond, California. Lots of links to information on saving seeds!
Organic Seed Alliance has a very nice booklet on saving seeds. Download of this booklet is available through their website. We also have a copy for viewing available in the Library.
There are MANY seed resources online. Most seed producers will carry heirloom and open pollinated seed.
A non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing seeds. Maintains a collection of more than 20,000 heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and plant varieties.
Indiana Heirloom Seed Producers
Urban Farmer – Westfield, IN
Nice variety of heirloom seeds including: vegetables, herbs, cover crops, fruit, and flowers. Extensive page of garden guides offering advice on a wide variety of topics.
Rich Farm Garden – Winchester, IN
Extensive variety of heirloom seeds including: vegetables, flowers, herbs, trees and shrubs.
Sherck’s Heirloom Vegetables, Plants and Seeds – Bristol, IN
Offers a unique collection of heirloom seeds and plants including: peanuts, heritage grains, fiber plants, and perennial vegetables. This site is worth checking out for the unique nature of the plants!
Why is the Seed Library collection limited?
The Seed Library is focused on providing seed for plants which are easy to grow and save seed from. Many plant families cross pollinate. When cross pollination occurs, the resulting seed will not be true to the parent plant. If you wish to donate seed from plants that you regularly grow and are NOT part of our starter collection, please use this form — form can also be folded into an envelope:)
Instructions on how to fold the envelopes (and an envelope template for personal use) here.
If you have any questions about the Seed Library, please contact Andrea Ingmire at the Library, 812-663-2826