Orange Home Grown (OHG) and the City of Orange Orange Public Library Foundation (OPLF) are excited to collaborate on the first Seed Lending Library for the City of Orange.
The mission of the Seed Lending Library is to nurture a community of backyard farmers and seed savers in and around the City of Orange.
A SEED LIBRARY is a depository of seeds held in trust for the community at large. Community members come to the library and borrow seeds for their garden. They grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they let a few plants ‘go to seed.’ From those plants, they collect seeds and return the same amount of seed (or more) as they borrowed (if they so choose) at the beginning of the growing season. Seeds are free to the community.
The Seed Library is both a collection of seeds and a community of gardeners. Since seeds are a living thing, they must be renewed each year somewhere by someone or unique varietals can become extinct. Even growing one seed and returning it to the library is a valuable contribution.
Orange Public Library & History Center 2nd Floor
407 East Chapman Ave. Orange, CA 92866
El Modena Branch Library
380 S Hewes St, Orange, CA 92869
The Seed Lending Library is self serve and is available during regular library business hours.
In addition, the portable seed lending library can be found the third Saturday of the month at the OHG Farmers & Artisans Market.