Spotlight on the Seed Library

Last year, the Seed Library Team accomplished some amazing things!

The thing that’s most important about the Seed Library is how it creates a supportive network within the community through sharing seeds. We’ve been sharing seeds with our family, neighbors, and friends for ages, but having a space in public libraries to do that takes it to the next level. It means more people in our local community have access to a wider variety of quality seeds. – Lu G., Seed Library team member

Our Second Chance Seeds Program is one of the ways we continue to collaborate with community members. “Second Chance” refers to seeds that we have culled from our regular circulation, mostly due to age. These seeds still have life to give and we like to see them put to good use.

Second Chance Seeds recipients:

  • Galeria Mitotera
  • Tucson Food Share
  • Food Not Bombs
  • The Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition
  • ORO House
  • Community Gardens of Tucson—Homer Davis Elementary School

Between 5,000 and 10,000 seed packets were distributed through this program!

Circulation continues to grow!

Last year, more than 66,000 seed packets were checked out. That’s up from 55,635 the previous year.

Popular in the community!

In total, 3,020 seed packets were given away at outreach events, including:

  • Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market
  • Pueblos de Maiz
  • Rio Vista Family Night
  • IRC Literacy Connect Fair
  • Juvenile Detention Center
  • Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
  • 29th Street Thrive event
  • Sam Lena-South Tucson Library Bookbike outreach visits
  • Garden Kitchen

Drum roll… Top Ten!

Here are the Top Ten Seeds checked out last year:

  • Basil
  • Beans, common
  • Cucumbers
  • Marigold
  • Peppers, hot
  • Peppers, sweet
  • Radishes
  • Sunflower
  • Tomato
  • Tomato, cherry