Did you know that you can borrow seeds just like you borrow books from the library? It’s true and it’s called a seed library. You can make a withdrawal, plant the seeds and enjoy the fruits of your harvest. In order to be self sustainable and regenerative, some plants must be left to produce seeds. These seeds are harvested to grow during the next season. This is called seed saving and closes the loop so producing food is like a cycle that feeds itself. Once you have saved some seeds, you then return a small portion back to the seed library so others can borrow seeds to add to their varieties of food crops.

You don’t need to pay to borrow seeds however being an active part of the library helps build stock and keeps the seeds fresh. You can also donate seeds to the library which increases the diversity. Maintaining a large variety of seeds helps us to protect food biodiversity and preserve heirloom seeds from privatisation, destructive and deadly monoculture and genetic splicing.
For more information about why this is an important issue, read ‘Protecting Our Seed Biodiversity‘. Click here for information aboutsaving seeds.

What can you borrow from Milnerton Seed Library?

Here is a list of what we currently have:

Bean – Broad Bean
Bean – Dwarf Bean Contender
Bean – Non GMO Soy
Beetroot – Crimson Globe
Beetroot – Early Wonder
Broccoli – Green Sprouting
Carrots – Nantes
Calendula – Orange
Cauliflower – Snowball
Corn – Non GMO Bloody Butcher from Transkei
Cosmos – Sensation Mixed
Cucumber – Ashley
Eggplant – Black Beauty
Leek – Giant Carentan
Melon – Honeydew Green Flesh
Melon – Hales Best
Onion – Australian Brown
Onion – Caledon Globe
Peas – Antique
Pepper – California Wonder
Radishes – Cherry Belle
Squash – Caserta
Squash – Rolet
Squash – Waltham
Swiss Chard – Fordhook Giant
Tomato – Floradade
Turnip – Early Purple Top Globe
Watermelon – Charleston Grey
Watermelon – Congo
Watermelon – Crimson Sweet
Zulu Clover

Written by Aimee Hoppe