Seed Library


                                        Grimsby Grows Seed Library




Our Mission

The Grimsby Grows Seed Library is a free community seed project that is committed to increasing the people’s ability to grow their own fresh food. This educational project is designed to foster community resilience and healthy eating. Grimsby Grows promotes a culture of sharing as well as Grimsby’s rich agricultural heritage.


To follow along with our vegetable adventures, take a look at our Facebook page.

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Our Goals

1. To encourage members of our community to grow their own fresh and delicious food while sharing knowledge and resources with each other.

2. To create a self-sustaining resource for good quality, heirloom vegetable seeds that is always free and accessible to use for everyone in our community.

Thanks to the Niagara Community Foundation for their generous support of this project.  ♥

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Why Save Seeds?

Humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years. However, in our culture much of that knowledge has been lost over the last hundred years, along with significant biodiversity. When you grow and save your own seeds, you:

• develop seed stock that is well suited to our climate

• save money

• mitigate our dependence on agro-business

When you participate in the Grimsby Grows Seed Library, you help create a culture of sharing and abundance within the community.Please take some extra steps to save seeds for others. We ask that a portion of the seeds you save be returned to the seed lending library to keep the library self-sustaining. The more seeds in the library, the more members of our community can experience the pleasures of growing their own food.





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 Seed Library 101


Where is the Grimsby Grows Seed Library located?

The Grimsby Grows Seed Library is located at the Grimsby Public Library in the fireplace lounge area at the end of the magazine shelving. We have devised a seed check-out station there for your convenience.


When is the Grimsby Grows Seed Library open?

The Grimsby Grows Seed Library is open during the year from the beginning of spring to the end of fall. You can access our collection any time the Grimsby Public Library is open. 


What kind of seeds does the Grimsby Grows Seed Library have?

Our collection is mainly made up of vegetable seeds. Everything from root grown vegetables, to plant grown vegetables, to vine grown vegetables - Our only rule is that they MUST be heirloom varieties. We also carry some varieties of fruit and sunflower seeds, but DO NOT carry any other flower seeds. 

Types of seeds we usually always have (with many different varieties of each):
    • Tomatoes     • Herbs
    • Peppers        • Squash
    • Beans           • Peas

to Borrow Seeds:

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Find the Grimsby Grows Seed Library station in the Fireplace Lounge area of the library.

2. We store our collection of seeds in small, pre-filled envelopes which are clearly labelled and then organized alphabetically in boxes. Once you choose the varieties you would like to check out, locate the appropriate envelopes and remove them from their box.

3. Using the provided checkout form fill out your name, library card number, and the varieties of seeds you have selected. Bring the checkout form to the library service counter on your way out. This helps us keep track of what varieties we need to replenish. 

Enjoy! It's that easy. Now you just take them home to plant in your yard or container garden.


How to Return or Donate Seeds:

First, read the How to Save Seeds brochures in the section below, then follow these steps:

1. Harvest seeds from your crops, setting some aside for both yourself and the library.

2. Place seeds you are going to return to the library into an envelope or container, and clearly label with the seed variety and year of harvest. (*You can pick up pre-labelled envelopes at the Grimsby Grows Seed Library station)

3. Bring your labelled seeds to the Library and drop them off at the service counter. They will be added to the collection so that other people will be able to borrow them.






New to Seed Saving?

We are here to help! One of the main goals of the Grimsby Grows Seed Library is for it to one day become a self-replenishing service. This means that, if possible, we would like to see seeds returning to the library in the fall after borrowers have harvested their vegetables. Getting nice, healthy, growable seeds from your vegetables can be easy, just follow our guides!




 Print out our  pdf Step-by-Step Seed Saving Guides


seedsprout1Heirloom/Open Pollinated Seeds:

Heirloom seeds have a history of being passed down within a family or community. They produce plants that are identical to the parent plant.

The Grimsby Grows Seed Library uses ONLY heirloom seeds.


Why use heirloom seeds?

The fruit and vegetables grown from heirloom seeds are passed down from generation to generation for a reason. Their flavours are better, and they are easier to grow and get high quality produce. Hybrid plant produce, like what you can find in grocery stores, were bred to picked green and shipped around the world, sacrificing its taste and nutrition in the process.


Heirloom seeds are used at the Grimsby Grows Seed Library because they produce the best tasting fruit and vegetables, and they simply perform better in home gardens. Hybrid seeds are inconsistent over time, and we want to provide you with the best possible results! Learn more about hybrid seeds below



Hybrid Seeds:

Hybrid seeds result from cross-pollinating plants. Seeds collected from hybrid plants will not produce plants identical to the original plant. They may produce something similiar or very different, or they may produce nothing at all.


The Grimsby Grows Seed Library DOES NOT accept hybrid seeds.


DO NOT donate seeds you have harvested from grocery store produce. Only seeds that you know came from heirloom varieties. 




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Learn more about seed saving

  • Borrow some of our great books

  • take seed saving classes

  • join the forum

  • talk to experienced seed-saving gardeners

  • keep good garden records

  If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. -Confucius










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