Reap what you Sow in time for Fall Harvest
We ran a version of this story in 2012, and it's time to revisit Hudson Valley Seed Library. Use their find a store option to locate a nearby retailer nationwide. Hover over the drop down menus at the top of the site to explore the variety of seeds they offer. Sign up for their free mail-order catalog coming November 2015.
The Hudson Valley Seed Library grew out of a germ of an idea at a small town library in Gardiner, New York. Over the past eight years, the idea has grown and blossomed into an online seed library focused on the Northeast and a full seed catalog for all gardeners. Today, the Seed Library has its own seed farm where open-pollinated seeds are grown, saved, and packed by hand. There are close to one thousand seed library members and thousands more buy our unique Art Packs and heirloom seeds every year.
All of the seed varieties at the Seed Library are open-pollinated, non-GMO, beautiful and tasty. The Hudson Valley Seed Library strives to do three things:
- To create an accessible and affordable source of regionally-adapted seeds that is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners.
- To create gift-quality seed packs featuring original works designed artists in order to celebrate the beauty and diversity of heirloom gardening.
- To help farmers, gardeners, and eaters understand where seeds come from, how they are grown, who grows them, and why seed saving is more important than ever.
In 2012, they expect to offer 60 varieties of locally grown seed and around 140 varieties sourced from responsible seed houses.
Most of their varieties are rooted in the history and soils of New York or are chosen because they do well in the Northeast. Every year they add additional varieties on the Seed Library farm and contracting with organic and certified naturally grown farmers in the greater Hudson Valley to grow even more varieties. The membership program provides a way for backyard gardeners to make a vital contribution to this effort. Today, the Seed Library has its own seed farm where open-pollinated seeds are grown, saved, and packed by hand. There are close to one thousand seed library members and thousands more buy their unique Art Packs and heirloom seeds every year.
Becoming a member of the Hudson Valley Seed Library is a great way to learn about gardening and seed saving--and it's a good deal...For $20, members receive 10 packets of seeds, and discounts on Hudson Valley Seed Library events. Members who choose to save seeds from the plants they grow may return them to us for credits toward their next year's membership.
Check Out the Hudson Valley Seed Library Online.
Headlining photo via wikimedia by Spiridon Ion Cepleanu