Beeton Seed Library
Beeton Seedy Saturday
It’s time to start thinking seeds!
Seedy Saturday Event
9 am – 1 pm
Curbside Pickup and Zoom.
Mark your calendars for Beeton’s annual celebration of seeds! In partnership with the Beeton Horticultural Society and the BTBIA, event plans include a seed exchange, horticultural plant sale, children’s take-away craft, and virtual guest speakers. More details coming soon!
Seedy Saturday Speaker Series
It’s time to start thinking seeds! NTPL is happy to partner with Seeds of Diversity to bring you the following Seedy Saturday Speaker Series. Each pre-recorded presentation will be accessible from our website for a two-week period; check out the schedule and be sure to catch them all! What better way to prepare for our grand finale Seedy Saturday seed exchange event coming the end of May!
- March 8-22: Seed Starting (Dan Rubin)
- March 22-April 5: Seed Germination Test Basics (Kim Delaney)
- April 5 – April 19: Cultivation and Processing of Medicinal Plants (Lauren Bosch)
- April 19-May 3: Fresh Ways with Balcony Gardening (Lara Lucretia Mrosovsky)
- May 3-May 17: Seed Saving (Dan Rubin)
- May 10-May 24: Heritage Flower Gardens c.1900-1920 (Bob Wildfong)
- May 17-May 31: Intermediate to Advanced Seed Saving (Bob Wildfong)
In his recorded session, local gardener educator Dan Rubin of Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds will present an informative session on seed saving. In this workshop, he will share plant life cycles, what seeds are and why they are important, heritage seeds, the differences between annual, biennial and perennial seeds, self-pollinating and cross-pollinating varieties, seed saving from vegetables, fruits and trees, techniques for seed harvesting and cleaning, how to harvest and dry seeds from wet fruit, seed storage and seed sharing. As an experienced gardener and seedsman, he will offer tips to help you succeed with your own home seed saving. Dan will wrap up with a list of books and publications that offer good information and advice for new and experienced gardeners.
DAN RUBIN is a seedsman and gardener who makes his home on the coast of Newfoundland. He moved here from British Columbia almost twenty years ago after a career in education and publishing. As founder and manager of Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds (www.perfectlyperennial.ca) he has focused on seeds for perennials and self-seeding annuals that can help rebuild food security for local families and communities. His annual spring workshops on Creating the Year Round Garden and presentations to local groups have been attended by more than 800 people. He now leads the Earth Sheltered Greenhouse Project, with a team building an innovative year-round grow structure at the O’Brien Farm in St. John’s to demonstrate the potential for year-round food production. He is also the founder and chairperson of Food Producers Forum, Inc., a provincial non-profit supporting expansion of community-based food production. For information about that, please visit the website: www.foodproducersforum.com.
Sharing Within the Community
When you participate in the Beeton Seed Library, you help create a culture of sharing and abundance within the community. The more seeds in the library, the more members of our community can experience the pleasures of growing their own food. Thank you for your support!
How Does a Seed Library Work?
Come to the Beeton Seed Library and borrow seeds for free! How can you “borrow” seeds? The basic idea is that you plant the seeds, let some go to seed, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. You become a member automatically when you withdraw seeds to plant.
The Beeton Seed Library is a non-profit seed-lending library located in the D.A. Jones Branch Library. We’re open whenever the public library is open. You do not need to have a New Tecumseth Public Library card to use the seed library. We will be providing workshops on seed saving and gardening, and of course, you can also borrow books from the public library on these topics. We encourage all members to learn basic seed-saving techniques. We encourage that beginning seed savers grow out and return seeds from lettuce, tomato, bean or pea plants the first year.
To contribute to and support community gardening, foster self-reliance and promote healthy eating while educating the community about sustainable gardening and seed-sharing. The Beeton Seed Library celebrates biodiversity through the time-honoured tradition of seed saving, nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters a culture of sharing by being an accessible and free source of plant seeds, supplied and cultivated by and for community residents.
Why Save Seeds
Humans have been saving seeds for over 12 000 years; however, much of that knowledge has been lost over the last hundred years, along with significant biodiversity. When you grow and save your own seeds, you:
- Develop your gardening skills
- Promote healthy eating
- Save money
- Increase your self-reliance
- Preserve biodiversity
- Help protect and preserve pollinators
- Learn and share with your community
How to Borrow Seeds*
- Visit the Beeton Seed Library located in the D.A. Jones Branch Library.
- Browse the collection for what you want to grow this season. The seed packs are arranged alphabetically and by type.
- Select the seeds you would like to borrow, and fill out a page in the membership binder.
*NOTE: Due to Covid branch closures, to order contact our Beeton D.A. Jones Branch at 905-729-3726 or email@example.com. See Available Seeds inventory below. Curbside Pickup available at all three branches.
How to Return Seeds
- After the growing season is done, harvest some seeds from the plants you grew.
- Place seeds from each plant in its own envelope or bag and label it (envelopes for this purpose can be found at the seed library).
- Drop your seeds off at the Beeton Seed Library and your seeds will be added into the collection for sharing in the community.
If you are unable to save your own seed, please consider donating a packet or two of seed to keep our library stocked. We prioritize clean, mature seeds that to the best of your knowledge are organic and open-pollinated.
Beeton Seed Library is located at the D.A. Jones Branch
Spring has sprung and it’s time to start your seeds! Cucumber and tomato seed starter kits are available, courtesy of the Beeton Horticultural Society. Also on hand are Good in Every Grain wheat and soybean seed planting kits courtesy of the Grain Farmers of Ontario.
Pick up yours today and watch your seeds grow! Pots, seeds, soil and instructions all included.
A variety of individual seed packages are also available.
To order contact our Beeton D.A. Jones Branch at 905-729-3726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seed Starter Kits
- Good in Every Grain Wheat & Soybean
- Basil (Genoress)
- Echinancea (Purple Cornflower)
- Parsley (Dark Green Italian)