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Community Seed Library
Information about seed saving, gardening, and local resources
The Community Seed Library is funded by gifts from donors to the JMU Libraries. Generous gifts from JMU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and lovers of libraries everywhere make projects like this possible. To learn more, or make a gift, visit www.lib.jmu.edu/giving.
We also regularly take donations from generous community gardeners who save their seeds and several seed saving organizations.
The Community Seed Library was co-founded by Liz Chenevey and Sarah Pritchard. They would like to recognize the enormous support and help from various people within the Libraries in getting this little seed library up and running for our community:
Emma Cummings; logo design
Jared Wark & Dan Easley; vinyl logo adaptation and implementation
Jenne Klotz; foundation logistics
Kelly-Miller Martin, Laura Montanez, Heather Roberts, and Brian Simmons; facilities & logistics
Kristen Shuyler, Kerry Scannell, Emily Blake, and Ryan Winfree; promotions
The Libraries Dean's Council for approving the project
and all our Libraries colleagues for their enthusiastic support of the project.
What is the Community Seed Library?
The Community Seed Library is a self-service seed sharing library provided by JMU Libraries, and available to all. No library card necessary!
We provide seeds for vegetables, herbs, and flowers. We prioritize heirloom or open-pollinated seeds and plants that are well-suited to growing conditions in the Shenandoah Valley. We also strive to provide culturally relevant seed types, recognizing the diverse populations and gardening knowledge of our neighbors across the Valley and their plant traditions.
Carrier Library at James Madison University, cabinet in the main lobby (to the right of the service desk)
Downtown Harrisonburg Location
Massanutten Regional Library (Central Branch), cabinet on the 2nd floor next to the reference desk (past the children's section)
The Community Seed Library encourages community empowerment and supports food sovereignty by providing:
free access to seeds for all
programming to share knowledge and skills related to growing gardens and saving seeds