Did you know that you can check out seeds at the library? The Digging Durham Seed Library offers vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that you can take home and plant. You can take seed packets each season, and if you grow seeds, you can donate them for others to check out. By providing both a repository for seeds and training for the folks who plant them, the seed library helps to improve local sustainable food sources, enhance food security, develop local biodiversity, and boost Durham’s foodie culture.
The Digging Durham Seed Library is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation.
How it works
Seeds are available to check out at these Durham County Library locations:
- Main Library
- East Regional Library
- North Regional Library
- South Regional Library
- Southwest Regional Library
- Stanford L. Warren Branch Library
Look for the seeds in an old-fashioned card catalog at each location, along with additional info about how to plant and care for them. Different types of seeds are available in the spring and fall – available seeds may include vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Seeds are available first-come, first-served while supplies last.
You can check out up to 4 seed packets per season. You don’t need a library card to use the seed library.
Donating seeds is a great way to get involved with this unique project. If you grow open pollinated seeds, please save some from your harvest and bring them back to the library! This will help the Digging Durham Seed Library continue to grow and to develop seeds well-adapted for Durham’s soil and climate.
We accept donated seeds throughout the year at every location. To donate, place the seeds in an envelope with your name and contact info, as well as the history of the seeds, including how they are linked to your family, house, or farm, and the plants they produced.
While we appreciate all donations, the seed library is especially focused on open pollinated and/or heirloom flower and vegetable seeds well-suited for Durham’s climate. You may also donate already opened seed packets if they have been stored in a cool, dry environment and are less than two years old.
If you want to help out more with the seed library, you can volunteer with tasks like sorting and packing seeds. Keep an eye on our events calendar for upcoming sorting sessions, or get in touch for more info.
Get in touch!
Jenny is deeply committed to community engagement and high-quality programming. She is an active community volunteer and avid follower of vegan food blogs. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and house full of cats. You can find her reading international literature, attending local arts programs, and listening to audiobooks as she walks the historic neighborhoods of Durham. Jenny has a BA in English from Appalachian State University, as well as a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University.