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Digging Durham Seed Library

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 at these Durham County Library locations while supplies last:

You will find seeds at each location along with a brochure with resources on how to plant and care for them. The seed libraries are typically stocked mid-February through October. Different types of seeds are available throughout the growing season – available seeds may include vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Seeds are available first-come, first-served while supplies last.

You are welcome to take four seed packets per season. You don’t need a library card to use the seed library.

Get involved

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.

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Upcoming gardening events

Harvest Party @ Bragtown Library Community Garden

Thursday, May 23, 2024 • 11:00am - 5:00pm

Bragtown Branch Library

Join us in harvesting our garden! Our community garden has a few items ready to be picked including: radishes, spinach, lettuce, collards, and lots of cilantro.  We will also have some recipe cards available inside, so don't forget to pop...

Ages: Adult, Elementary School, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Intergenerational, Kindergarten, Middle School, Pre-School, Senior Citizen, Teen, Toddler, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Harvest Party @ Bragtown Library Community Garden

Friday, May 24, 2024 • 11:00am - 5:00pm

Bragtown Branch Library

Join us in harvesting our garden! Our community garden has a few items ready to be picked including: radishes, spinach, lettuce, collards, and lots of cilantro.  We will also have some recipe cards available inside, so don't forget to pop...

Ages: Adult, Elementary School, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Intergenerational, Kindergarten, Middle School, Pre-School, Senior Citizen, Teen, Toddler, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Plant Swap

Saturday, May 25, 2024 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Meeting Room - Full Room)

Take a plant, leave a plant, and chat with a Master Gardener from Durham County Extension. Drop by anytime from 2-3 pm to exchange or share houseplants, vegetable starts, annuals, perennials, or seeds. Please ensure that any...

Ages: Intergenerational

Harvest Party @ Bragtown Library Community Garden

Saturday, May 25, 2024 • 11:00am - 5:00pm

Bragtown Branch Library

Join us in harvesting our garden! Our community garden has a few items ready to be picked including: radishes, spinach, lettuce, collards, and lots of cilantro.  We will also have some recipe cards available inside, so don't forget to pop...

Ages: Adult, Elementary School, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Intergenerational, Kindergarten, Middle School, Pre-School, Senior Citizen, Teen, Toddler, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Harvest Party @ Bragtown Library Community Garden

Sunday, May 26, 2024 • 11:00am - 5:00pm

Bragtown Branch Library

Join us in harvesting our garden! Our community garden has a few items ready to be picked including: radishes, spinach, lettuce, collards, and lots of cilantro.  We will also have some recipe cards available inside, so don't forget to pop...

Ages: Adult, Elementary School, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Intergenerational, Kindergarten, Middle School, Pre-School, Senior Citizen, Teen, Toddler, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

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