Seed Library

LPL Seed Library checkouts will resume March 1st. We will have a variety of crop, flower, and native seeds for you to check out and grow! Seeds can be borrowed by browsing in the library, or you will be able to submit an order form online to receive your seeds by mail.

Seed Library

Seed Library Events

Along with seed, the Library will be offering a variety of programs, library materials, and resources around celebrating and deepening our relationships with plants.

Tribal Food Sovereignty

March 2 | 1 PM

Food sovereignty is the right of people to access culturally appropriate nutritious food as defined through their own cultivation, tending, and harvesting practices.

Emma Johnson, Cowlitz Tribal Member and faculty of the Indigenous Nations Studies department at PSU, will provide an overview of projects, species, and places where the food sovereignty framework is weaving communities together. Is is only be building a relationship with our surrounding environment that we begin to understand how important it is for our personal health to truly know how to care for the land which cares for us.

Plant Exchange

April 27 | Drop-off: 9 - 11 AM; Pick out: 1 - 3 PM

In the morning, we'll accept healthy indoor and outdoor plants. Choose new plants to take home in the afternoon. 

Intro to Rock Gardening

May 25 | 1 PM

Join this hands-on workshop led by Christine Ebrahami to learn about rock gardening and how you can grow amazing alpine and arid plants, even in our wet climate.

Seed Library Resources

About the LPL Seed Library

The LPL Seed Library offers patrons the opportunity to “check out” seeds from our collection of crop, flower, and PNW native seeds, as well as attend presentations and events on topics around horticulture, agriculture, ecology, and more. We encourage patrons to experiment with seed saving, but there are no returns required! We seek to provide a hub for deepening botanical literacy and the relationships between our community members and the plants around them.

Mission Statement

The LPL Seed Library seeks to provide seed as an accessible and affordable public resource, promote biodiversity and local adaptation, educate patrons and the public on topics surrounding agriculture and horticulture, and develop a community and culture of self reliance, sustainability, and generosity.

The Purpose of the LPL Seed Library is to:

  • Create an accessible, affordable source of regionally-adapted and native seeds, maintained by a local community of caring farmers and gardeners;
  • Educate library patrons and the public about biodiversity, garden and plant ecology, sustainable food production, food sovereignty, native plants, cultural traditions concerning food and agriculture, heirloom varieties, PNW agricultural history, and related topics;
  • Build community awareness and connections through partnerships between the library and local nonprofits, food producers, horticulture businesses, gardeners, educational institutions, health practitioners, artists, and others; and
  • Strengthen the LPL's connection to its community, membership, and volunteers; broaden the relevance of the library to area residents; set an example for other libraries and organizations; and support and supplement the other educational programs of the Longview Public Library.

For more information about the LPL Seed Library, please call 360-442-5310 or email the library.