Are you a new gardener interested in learning more about urban agriculture? Are you an experienced gardener looking to be more sustainable? Check out Washtenaw County’s seed libraries– we have not just one, but two! Seed libraries operate much like Little Free Libraries and similar free community resources: you can “check out” a few seed packets (almost always for free), grow your food, and save some of the seeds to bring back to the library when you’ve finished harvesting– just like a real library. Seed libraries are a great way to promote food justice, reduce dependency on industrial agriculture, preserve indigenous traditions and native seeds, and encourage overall sustainability.

The Ypsilanti District Library’s seed library is open during normal library hours: M-Th 9-9, F-Sat 10-6 (both branches) and Sunday 1-5 PM (Whittaker only). You do not need a library card to check seeds out. Click here for more information.

Washtenaw Community College’s seed library is located at the Bailey Library, on the 2nd floor of the Gunder Myran building. It is open during normal library hours: 7:30-10 M-Th, 7:30-5 F, 12-6 Sat and Sun. You do not need a student ID to check out seeds. Click here for more information.