Innisfil Seed Library

The Innisfil Seed Library is located at the Cookstown and Lakeshore Branches, and is free and open to everyone. Visitors can browse the selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds, sign some out in our binder and grow them at home to enjoy. It's that easy! At the end of the growing season, we ask that seed borrowers return some seed to help replenish the stock.

Throughout the growing season, the library will offer workshops and presentations including proper methods for saving and returning viable seed. Resources for gardening and seed saving will also be made available.

 

Upcoming Events:

Preparing the Winter Garden:

Join local Master Gardener Judith Rogers to learn how to prepare your gardens for winter to promote beneficial activity below the surface while providing interest and food for wildlife above. 

Adults | Free

Registration Required

Lakeshore, Community Room: Wednesday, August 15, 7pm-8pm

 

Seed Saving 101

Presented by the Innisfil Seed Library, join us to learn how to save seeds, keep some for the next growing season and donate some back to our seed library. Beginners and gardeners of all ages welcome!

Discover when and how to harvest seeds from your favourite vegetables, herbs and flowers. Our focus will be on easy seeds to save but we'll touch on advanced ones too for ambitious green thumbs. Bring your questions! This is part of an ongoing series of workshops in conjunction with the Innisfil Seed Library.

All Ages | Free

Registration Required

 

Cookstown: Tuesday, September 18, 6:30-8pm

 

 

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Our mission:

To distribute seeds widely to the community, including members and non-members of all ages and gardening experience levels, and to educate our residents about how to properly save and return seed to replenish the library year after year. We aim to further engage the community with a variety of complementary workshops and presentations throughout the growing season.

Why Save Seeds?

People have collected and saved seeds for thousands of years; however, over the last century we've lost a great deal of this knowledge and the biodiversity we once enjoyed. Gardeners and farmers have become reliant on large seed companies for their crops in turn significantly shrinking the diversity of our plants and food.


By growing and saving your seeds, you:       
 

- Help cultivate and maintain biodiversity

- Develop locally adapted seed to our environment

- Eat healthy while saving money

- Gain local food security

- Become less dependent on large seed companies

- Learn and share with your community

Learn more about seeds, seed saving and advocacy:

Organic Seed Alliance: www.seedalliance.org

Seed of Diversity: www.seeds.ca

Seed Matters: www.seedmatters.org

Seed Savers Exchange: www.seedsavers.org

Toronto Seed Library: www.torontoseedlibrary.org

USC Canada: www.usc-canada.org
 

Interested in donating seeds or volunteering? Contact Bridget Indelicato at info@innisfilseedlibrary.ca.

Our initial seed stock has been generously donated by local horticultural groups and individuals in our community. Thank you!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lakeshore

967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, ON L9S 1V3

Churchill

2282 4th Line
Innisfil, ON, L0L 1K0

Cookstown

20 Church Street
Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0

Stroud

7883 Yonge Street
Innisfil, ON L9S 1K8