Atwater Seed Library


What is a Seed Library?

It is a collection of seeds that people can "borrow" to cultivate their garden. They are then invited to bring back the seeds harvested from these crops in order to share them with other users. The collection is thus built up over the seasons, according to individual donations.

How Does the Atwater Library Seed Library Work?

It’s an honor-based self-service system. It follows the principle of sharing: take what you need and bring back from your own seeds once it’s possible for you.

Who can borrow seeds?

All beginners or experienced gardeners.

Do I need a library card to borrow seeds?

No, anybody can use the Seed Library. Just leave your contact info when you borrow the seeds.

How to borrow?

Once in the library, check for the seed varieties, take what you need, fill a form with the needed information, fold the paper you filled out and put it in the green watering can placed above the seed library.

Any penalties if someone couldn’t bring seeds back?

No penalties. This service aims to encourage people to contribute against the losses in agrobiodiversity and grow local seeds that are adapted to our particular environment.

For more information: https://www.atwaterlibrary.ca/library/seed-library/. You can also check the seed list by typing the term “seed library” in the library’s catalogue.

Note: We have the following varieties as of March 2022, please visit the Seed Library in person to check for availabilities.
Drawer/TypeSeed name
  
Curiosities 
  
Curiosities :Soya bean
Eggplant
 Garden Sorrel
 Groundcherry 
 Orache
 Rhubarbe de Chine
 Salsify
  
  
Flowers 
  
Flowers :Colombine
 Cosmos 
 Cosmos sulfureux
 Echinacée pourpre
 Garden Balsam
 Hollyhock
 Iris domestica
 Lychinis
 Milkweed
 Poppy
 Silver dollars
 Tagète
 Tithonia Mexican
 Sunflower
 Wild lupins
 Pavot annuel
  
  
Fruits 
  
Melon :Cantaloupe
 Cantaloupe (tucson)
 Kiwano
 Canary
  
  
Herbs 
  
Herbs :Chives
 Coriander/Cilantro
 Dill
 Epazote
 Fenugreek
 Feverfew
 Lovage
 Salad Burnet
 Sage
  
  
Vegetables 
  
Beans (bush) :Duane Baptiste Potato Bean
 Piccini
 Gram bean
 Provider
  
Beans (pole) :Albenghino
 Kahnawake Mohawk
 Lima, Christmas
 Rattlesnake
 Salsify
 Snap
  
Chickpeas :Black Kabouli
 Brown
 Green 'Hummingbird'
 White
  
Lettuce, Cabbage, Cress :Lettuce sucrine
 Lettuce mix
 
Peas :Biskopens Graert
 Cow pea 'Dong Bei'
 Dwarf gray sugar
 Joni's taxi
 Snow pea
  
Pepper :Espelette
 Haberno
 Jalapeno
 Large Yellow
 Medium Yellow
 Large Red
 Medium Red
 King of the north
 Pequin
  
Pumpkin, Squash, Zucchini :Buttercup
 Butternut
 Black Futsu
 Courge poivrée
 Zucchini
 Citrouille
 Hubbard, Golden
 Hubbard, Green
 Hulless
 Jarrahdale large
 Spaghetti squash
  
Radish :Cherry Belle
 Damifinio
  
Tomato :Berou
 Black & Brown Boar
 Black Krim
 Beefsteak 
 Garden Peach
 Petit moineau
 Red cherry
 Red paste tomato
 Rosa-de-Barbastro
 Savignac
  
Turnip :Chinese cabbage
 Mesclun
 Mighty mustard mix
 Mustard
 Rapini
 Tatsoi
 Turnip