We generally only have seeds appropriate for the current growing season. The collection rotates with the season, supply, demand, and donations.
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Each seed packet has "Ss" marked on it which stands for "Seed Source." The Seed Source is followed by another set of initials which stand for the seed company. You can visit the seed company and find out more information about your varieties! The seed companies are as follows:
NSS: Native Seed/SEARCH
SS: Siskiyou Seeds
SSE: Seed Savers Exchange
ST: Seeds Trust
BSPC: Burgess Seed and Plant Co.
TS: True Love Seeds
BCHS: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Community: Community grown!
Seeds currently are available most of the year at the library. Seeds are also only available while supplies last. The Seed Library occasionally takes a break during the summer and winter to restock.
We have limited funds and need to make sure that we are able to provide seeds to a lot of people. Additionally, some of our seeds are local or arid-region adapted and are thus quite rare—our goal is to get enough of those seeds planted and saved in the community so that we have plenty to share! Finally, we’ve found that most people never finish off planting a regular-sized packet of seeds anyway.
We do! However, as with a library collection, we need to evaluate what goes into a collection. If you are donating seeds you grew yourself or got from a friend, we ask that you fill out and include a donation form with your donation. Please include as much detail as you can as this is valuable cultural and agricultural information.
Visit the Seed Saving tab on our website for some information and a curated list of books and websites.
The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is home to a beautiful community mural called Tierra Sagrada or Sacred Earth, created by El Paso artist A.O. Carmona. In many cultures and agricultural traditions, seeds hold a sacred place. Indeed, like books, seeds hold a wealth of knowledge and are essential to our well-being. Tierra Sagrada reminds us about community care and sharing.