With the promise of warmer weather on the way, many gardeners are itching to dig in the dirt and get planting. Plus the pandemic has renewed interest in homegrown food. The Orangeville Seed Library, usually available at the Mill Street branch of the Orangeville Public Library, is re-opening with a new model.

This season the seed library will be available by self-serve, porch pick-up at 38 McCarthy Street (behind Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, between Matthew and Clara Streets). The seed library will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week beginning on Saturday, May 16.

In keeping with COIVD-19 physical distancing guidelines, the following rules will apply:

  • please park on the street
  • if someone is there, please wait on the sidewalk for your turn
  • physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended by Public Health
  • please use gloves and dispose of them yourself
  • it is recommended that you bring your own container to take away your seeds
  • this is a volunteer-run program. Seed donations are appreciated and can be left in the seed bin within their labelled original envelopes 

Launched two years ago, the Orangeville Seed Library, a project of Sustainable Orangeville, offers free access to seeds. The goal is to support local food security and steward the region’s biodiversity. Locally-raised seeds are more resilient and better adapted to our soil and microclimate. The seed library is a way for hobby and beginner gardeners to share seeds and other gardening resources, and to connect with other seed savers.

If you have questions about the Seed Library, please email seedlibrary@orangeville.ca or call 519-941-0440 ext. 2244.