Our innovative seed library program is based on the popular “Community Reads” or “One Book, One Town” reading programs organized by book libraries all over the country. By encouraging every member in the Seed Library to grow the same variety in the same season, we’ll be able to connect all of our gardens into one big seed farm--growing enough seeds of this variety to share with friends, family, and our communities. This is our second year of running the seed library in this way. Last year's Community Seed was Purple Podded Peas, and you can still choose this variety. This year's new Community Seed is Van Gogh Dwarf Sunflower Mix.
Here’s what you get with Seed Library Membership:
- Seed-Saving Savvy
- Seasons of Savings: From 5% to 20%
- Seedy Satisfaction
- More About the Program
- 2014 Community Seed
- Join Today!
Seed Saving Savvy: Learn to be a seed saver!
Learn in detail how to grow, harvest, eat, and save seeds from the annual community seed variety.
Over time, you’ll become a better gardener and skilled seed saver for many different varieties. Seeds saved and returned from the annual community seed variety will be pooled together and donated to deserving garden projects like school gardens, food banks, and community garden groups.
Annual membership kit includes:
- Pack of this year’s limited edition Community Seed Art Pack with your choice of Purple Podded Peas or Van Gogh Dwarf Sunflowers.
- Seed saving envelope.
- Special regular email following the Community Seed variety from seed to seed.
- Early bird specials and invitations to Seed Library events.
- Automatic discounts on all online catalog purchases (see below).
- Nominate your favorite school gardens or community organizations to receive seed donations.
Seedy Savings: Save from 5% - 20%
Once you’ve joined, things only get better.
As soon as you add membership to your online cart, you automatically get a 5% discount on anything you buy. The more your purchase the higher the discount. And it’s all cumulative. The more seeds, art, t-shirts and gifts you buy through December 31, 2014 the bigger your discount- up to 20% off!
Seed Savings Chart:
< $50 : 5% discount
$50 - $99.99 : 10% discount
$100 - $249.99 : 15% discount
$250 > : 20% discount
After you place Seed Library Membership in your cart or log-in at any time with your Membership or Gift Membership info, everything will be automatically calculated as you shop. And we’ll keep track of your previous orders to make sure you get the highest membership discount possible each time you order. See a sample order here.
Seedy Satisfaction: Feel good about your seed dollars.
Your membership directly supports our farm work preserving, celebrating, and developing heirloom varieties.
This helps keep our seed farm, where we do everything by hand, growing. Membership allows us to continue our work increasing the diversity and availability of open-pollinated seeds and teaching seed saving skills to gardeners and farmers. Every member is a stand against corporate control of seeds and a step towards seed sovereignty. Thank you!
Each year we'll let you know when it's time to nominate school gardens and community groups for seed donations. All of the Purple Podded Pea and Van Gogh Sunflower seeds that come back from our members like you will be cleaned, packed up, and sent out to nominated groups. In addition, keep an eye out for our annual donations program of other heirloom seeds. Last year we donated over 2000 packs of seeds to deserving groups.
Based on what we’ve learned over the past nine years about running a seed library, we’re improving the way membership in the Hudson Valley Seed Library works. Community Seeds: One Seed, Many Gardens is more focused, flexible, and fun than what we used to do. We think the changes will make it a better experience and value for our many members as well as a healthier and more effective way to cooperatively save seeds. In addition to many benefits, including online catalog discounts, membership in the Seed Library is a great way to feel good about what your seed dollars are supporting, help important community based garden projects, and save money on seeds for your garden and gifts for your friends. Join with 1000+ gardeners in this innovative seed saving experience!
This year you can choose from one of two Membership Kits: Purple Podded Peas (last year's variety) or the new Community Seed: Van Gogh Dwarf Sunflower Mix. Either way, you'll receive regular tips throughout the season on how to plant, grow, care for, harvest, and save seed from your variety.
Van Grow Sunflower Mix, Helianthus annus
If you're a seed saver you're also an artist. Just like Van Gogh picked the flowers that caught his eye for his famous Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers painting, you can grow this dwarf cut sunflower blend, and make a bouquet of the diversity of the colors, shapes, textures, and sizes. Your artistic endeavor is to let your favorites in your garden to go to seed- passing on their unique beauty to future generations. Community seed saving is like a collective work of art. Help us continue our work saving and celebrating seed diversity by returning some of your saved seeds to the library.
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To become a member, you must have an account on our website and be logged in. Please click "Login" above to login to your account or create a new one, then follow the instructions to add a Membership to your cart. Thanks!