The Seed Libraries are a joint project of the Framingham Public Library and Transition Framingham. Our mission is to empower local residents to preserve the art of growing our own food through the lending, sharing, and saving of seeds, and related programming at the library. We have two Seed Libraries: one at the Main Library and one at the McAuliffe Branch.
News and Upcoming Events
Here is a recommendation for our garden community.
Because we are not able to distribute seed, here is a little tip to still grow tomatoes this season: growing tomatoes from a fresh tomato. Get a tomato from the store, the best and healthiest looking and ripest you can find. Slice it into thick slices, put slices on top of potting soil and cover it a little bit with potting soil, then water thoroughly. Let it sit in a warm dark place until it germinates, then bring it into a sunny spot in the house. After approximately 14 days, transplant seedlings into separate pots. Do this as soon as possible. After May 25 you can plant them outside.
Re-opening at both Libraries on March 14!
The Seed Lending Library will have plenty of seeds for you to take so you can start your garden indoors. We have scheduled three seed-packaging “parties” in preparation for the re-opening and we are looking for volunteers.
Seed Packaging Parties
- Monday, March 2, 1-3pm and Monday, March 9, 7-8:30pm – Main Library, Children’s Program Room
- Wednesday, March 11, 7-8:30pm – McAuliffe Branch, Community Room
We look forward to receiving donations of seeds you have saved for next year's opening!
- Did you know that we have gardening tools available to borrow as part of our Library of Things? Anyone with a Minuteman card can borrow the kit from the main library for two weeks. It includes a transplant trowel, weeder, hand rake, cultivator/hoe, soil scoop, gloves, and a handy carrying bag. Ask Library staff for more information.
- Take a look at our list of new books on canning and preserving in our catalog.
Samela Aguirre and Patrick St. Pierre of Transition Framingham explain the Seed Libraries in this brief video.
Seed Library Resources
Click here for a list of gardening cookbooks at the Framingham Public Library.
Click here for a list of gardening books at the Framingham Public Library.
If you would like to donate seeds to the seed library there are seed bags and blank inserts located on the seed catalog at the main library and at the McAuliffe Library. Or you can give your seeds to library staff and we will repackage them. Thank you so much!
- Save from healthy plants. Helps produce disease resistant plants.
- Save from a number of plants. Gives the crop genetic diversity. The number depends on the type of plant. Self-pollinating plants like tomatoes requires a minimum of six plants. Cross-pollinating plants like corn require a much larger population.
- Open-pollinated. Please harvest seeds from an open-pollinated variety.
- Isolate cross pollinators. Isolation means preventing pollen from plants within the same species from co-mingling. This keeps the seed “true-to-type” so that it will grow the exact same plant again. Isolate varieties by planting them far enough away from each other. Check here for an explanation and a guide from Seed Savers Exchange.
- Dry. Make sure seeds are dry before putting in bags.
- Clean. Have seeds cleaned by removing as much of chaff as possible.
- Label. Please fill in as much information as you can about the seed. Crop, variety, age, planting information.
*Information for this guide was gathered from West County Community Seed Exchange in California and Round Valley Public Library in California.