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Seed Library

The Seed Library at Grimes Public Library is hosted by Girl Scout Troop 457. We are delighted you have decided to join us on this quest to save heirloom seeds! Ask at the front desk to peruse available seeds.

What is a Seed Library?

A place in the community Library to hold heirloom seeds for the community to use. The idea is to “loan” out seeds at planting time with a promise to return a portion at the end of the season for next year. This practice helps preserve heirloom seeds and natives fit for our neighborhoods.

How does it work?

Locals “borrow” seeds from the library. Using proper seed saving techniques, at the end of the growing season, they save seeds from the plants and return a portion back to the library. Proper seed saving techniques must be adhered to in order for the seed to be considered a true heirloom. For seed saving techniques and information please visit the Seeds Savers website.

 Seed Libraries in Iowa must follow the following regulations:

  1. The exchanges or distributions are made at a single location and no money is exchanged;
  2. All seed is intended for planting in Iowa;
  3. Individuals receive two pounds or less of seed annually;
  4. The seed has not been treated with pesticide;
  5. Patented, protected or propriety varieties of seed are used or included in the qualified seed library only with the permission of the patent or certificate holder, developer or owner of the intellectual property associated with the variety;
  6. The certified seed status is not misused or misrepresented; and
  7. The seed has not been placed under a stop sale order by the department or any other regulatory agency.

Iowa Code 21-40.16