Start a Garden with YPL’s Seed Library

Borrow, grow and plant! Get your gardens ready.  Yonkers Public Library is launching a new Seed Library just in time for spring!

This program works a little differently from a typical library lending program. Library patrons can take up to four (4) seed packets of flowers, herbs and/or vegetables (while supplies last) – completely free of charge. Of course, once you plant those seeds, it would be hard to “return them” the way you would return a book. Instead, participants will plant the seeds, tend to their gardens, and return seeds from their spring and summer harvest, if they wish. These seeds will become available for others to plant next season.

The goal of this program is to build community by teaching people how to garden with a variety of organic plants. Workshops and resources will be available. We encourage people to share their expertise and experiences with us and other gardening enthusiasts.  

Poster for seed library at Yonkers Public Library

How to Get Seeds
All locations of the Yonkers Public Library will have a collection of seeds of flowers, vegetables and herbs. Patrons may take up to four (4) packets per household while supplies last.

About the Seeds
All seeds were purchased from Hudson Valley Seed Co. and are organic, open-pollinated, heirloom and native to support biodiversity, sustainability, and food sovereignty. This creates healthier and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods. 

You can view a list of all the seeds available here.