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 third year of running the seed library in this way. Last year's Community Seed was Van Gogh Dwarf Sunflowers. This year's new Community Seed is BYO (Breed Your Own) Zucchini.
Here’s what you get with Seed Library Membership:
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: BYO Zucchini.
- Seed saving envelope.
- Early bird specials and invitations to Seed Library events.
- 10% Discounts on all online catalog purchases.
- Nominate your favorite school gardens or community organizations to receive seed donations.
This year's new Community Seed is Breed Your Own Zucchini, a fun, colorful, and diverse mix of zucchini varieties.
Where did the diversity of all our heirloom varieties come from? From purposeful hand-pollinating, happy insect-inspired accidents, careful creative crosses, and the vision and artistry of human hands throughout the ages. Sow why stop now? Together we can create the heirlooms of tomorrow. We’ll help you learn how with this year’s BYO Zucchini mix. Each pack contains a random mix of zucchini seeds. Learn how to select the ones you love or invent new combinations.
About this year's limited edition Memberhip Kit Art Pack: We believe that artists are cultural seed savers, and seed-savers are agri-cultural artists. We think of breeding new open-pollinated varieties as an art form. Here, Sarah Snow reimagines the cross-pollination of zucchini as a collage of vintage patterned papers: collecting pieces of the past to create something deliciously new.
10% off all online purchases in 2015
This year, your membership gives you a flat 10% discount on all purchases, including at shows and events. While this is a change from our previous system, it makes it much easier for us to offer the best prices on all of our products to as many customers as possible.
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. In addition, keep an eye out for our annual donations program of other heirloom seeds. Last year we donated over 3000 packs of seeds to deserving groups.
More About the Program
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!
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