Seed Library

(https://www.prescottlibrary.info/books-movies-and-more/library-of-things/seed-library/)

Our Mission: To inspire our community to experience the pleasure of gardening by providing access to seeds and the knowledge needed to grow them successfully.

The Seed Library is a partnership between Prescott Public Library, Prescott Farmers Market, and local farmers and gardeners. Partial funding for the Seed Library is provided by the Friends of Prescott Public Library.

What is a Seed Library?

The Prescott Public Library is excited to offer an addition to our Library of Things collection – the Seed Library! The Seed Library offers vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seeds suitable for our local growing conditions and seasons. This program is designed for beginning growers, but gardeners of every level are invited to check out seeds.

How does it work?

Choose from a wide variety of seeds for edible plants, herbs, and flowers and bring your seeds home to grow! Seed selection is based on what is known to grow well in our area. Seed varieties are rotated with the seasons and the supply is limited. All seeds are non-GMO.

Can anyone use it?

The Seed Library allows library card holders to “check out” six seed packets per month for free. Seeds must be checked out at the Ask a Librarian Desk at Prescott Public Library. The Seed Library is open during regular library hours and is located on the 2nd floor of the library.

What seeds are available?

Access the library’s catalog to browse the entire selection of available seed varieties.

Virtual Events

Starting a Vegetable Garden

Watch the recorded webinar recording on the library’s YouTube channel.

Want to grow a garden but not sure how to start? Join us for a step by step instructional video with Janet Wilson, owner of Prescott Gardener, followed by a Q&A! We will be talking about site selection, building a garden, and how to water!

Seed Starting

Watch the recorded webinar recording on the library’s YouTube channel.

It’s time to start seeds indoors for summer planting! In this interactive virtual workshop, Janet Wilson of Prescott Gardener will share the tools and techniques to get a jump start on your summer garden!

Backyard Composting

Watch the recorded webinar recording on the library’s YouTube channel.

Join Prescott Farmers Market’s compost manager, Gabriel Kerbs, on a virtual trip to his garden’s compost pile, where he will share some tips and tricks for managing a backyard composting system

Introduction to Seed Saving Workshop

Watch the recorded webinar recording on the library’s YouTube channel.

Part 1: In this introduction to seed saving course, Bill McDorman will discuss why seed saving is important including loss of diversity and myths, basic seed saving terminology, and caring for seeds including germination and storage.

Part 2: In part 2 of Introduction to Seed Saving, Bill McDorman will discuss advanced seed saving including crossers and biennials, breeding including selection and genetics/epigenetics, and stewarding including patenting, sharing, teaching, and People of the Pinch.

Gardening Resources, Growing Tips, and Informational Resources:

Browse our list of gardening books and gain the knowledge you need to help you achieve a great garden!

Prescott Farmers Market is committed is to supporting and expanding local agriculture, cultivating a healthy community and increasing access to affordable local food. View their Events Calandar to stay up-to-date on what is going on at the Prescott Farmers Market and other local happenings.

Watch The Great Courses: The Science of Gardening or other gardening and food related documentaries on Kanopy to help you get inspired! For assistance in streaming videos from Kanopy on your device see our instructions.

Yavapai Master Gardeners through the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension are available to provide science-based plant and insect guidance. Contact them for your gardening questions at prescottmg@gmail.com or 928-445-6590 Ext 222.

Resources provided by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension: