Seed Library

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The Burnham Memorial Seed Library is a collaboration between the Library and the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program.  The Master Gardener Program's mission is to cultivate resilient and healthy communities and be the most trusted resource for horticulture education in Vermont.

What is a Seed Library?

A seed library is a place where community members lend and share seeds. Community members are encouraged to save seeds from plants they've grown and return a portion of them back to the library.

Seed Library Mission

The goal of the seed library is to create a culture of learning, sharing, and community by offering free access to seeds for growing food, flowers, and herbs.

Seed Borrowing & Donation Procedures

  1. If this is your first time borrowing seeds, please fill out a Membership Form, located next to the Seed Library, and give it to a library staff member.

  2. Choose your seeds. Please take only as many seeds as you have space for in your garden.

  3. Record your seed choices on the back of your Membership Form. If you have borrowed seeds before, please ask a library staff for the form so you can add the seeds to your list. This helps us know which seeds are the most popular.

  4. Grow your plants!

  5. Consider harvesting seeds or donating your unused seeds back to the Seed Library. In partnership with the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program, the Burnham Library will host seed saving programs throughout the year.

  6. When donating seeds, please keep them in a sealed container and fill out a Seed Donation Form, located at the Adult Circulation Desk.

seed library inventory Seed Library Inventory

By clicking on the QR Code to the right, you'll be taken to the Burnham Memorial Seed Library Inventory page.