The Seed Library grew out of a germ of an idea at a small town library in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. Over the past eight years, the idea has grown and blossomed into an online seed library focused on the Northeast and a full seed catalog for all gardeners. Today, the Seed Library has its own seed farm where open-pollinated seeds are grown, saved, and packed by hand. There are close to one thousand seed library members and thousands more buy our unique Art Packs and heirloom seeds every year.
The Hudson Valley Seed Library strives to do three things:
1. to create an accessible and affordable source of regionally-adapted seeds that is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners
2. to create gift-quality seed packs featuring original works designed artists in order to celebrate the beauty and diversity of heirloom gardening.
3. to help farmers, gardeners, and eaters understand where seeds come from, how they are grown, who grows them, and why seed saving is more important than ever.
In 2012, we expect to offer over 60 varieties of locally grown seed and around 140 varieties sourced from responsible seed houses. Most of our varieties are rooted in the history and soils of New York or are chosen because they do well in the Northeast. Every year we plan on growing additional varieties on the Seed Library farm and contracting with organic and certified naturally grown farmers in the greater Hudson Valley to grow even more varieties. Our membership program provides a way for backyard gardeners to make a vital contribution to this effort.
Who are the people behind the Seed Library? The farm and business are run by partners Ken Greene (on right in photo) and Doug Muller (on left). The Seed Library has grown to include friends, neighbors, and seasonally out of work local farmers. This year we hired our first full time employees. Thanks for helping to grow a truly green local business!
About our Seed Packs
We offer three different types of seed packs.
Our Art Packs are each designed by a different artist. Each pack celebrates the beauty inherent in heirloom gardening. Click here to see all the art packs and to learn more.
Our Library Packs contain seed that was grown on our farm in Accord, NY and by responsible member farmers and gardeners. We are helped by about fifteen farms that are part of our seed-growing network in the Hudson Valley.
Our Garden Packs contain seed that was obtained from responsible wholesale seed suppliers. We do not source seeds from companies owned or operated by corporate biotech interests.
Over the next several years we hope to dramatically decrease our reliance on outside suppliers in favor of seed produced on our own farm and by local growers. Read more about our seed philosophy.
Every year we do more events, art shows, workshops, talks, seed swaps, farmers markets, and garden shows. We want everyone to have the opportunity to learn about seed saving, our artists, and the Seed Library. Our events page shows where we’ll be each month.
We’ve also made an effort to get seed consciousness into the homes of gardeners and non-gardeners alike. We are grateful to all of the blogs, magazines, and newspapers who have helped by writing about the Seed Library. Here are a few publications we’ve been in.