What is a Community Seed Library?

A community seed library is a collection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds donated by seed companies and/or local gardeners, then stored, packaged, and shared with local growers and community members. This library is available to make it easier for community members to try gardening and to experiment growing new types of produce and native plants without purchasing packets with hundreds of seeds that a single family may not need. Most seed libraries offer their seeds free because the philosophy behind community seed banks is that seed is not a commodity but a shared community resource. The Rutherford County Library makes the Community Seed Library seed free of charge and does not require individuals to have a library card to take seeds or donate seeds to the seed library.