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What is the Seed Library?
A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free and is run for the public benefit. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers. Here are a few reasons of why Windward CC is hosting a seed library:
- Get folks to garden and grow some of their own food
- Develop a network of seed savers to create locally adapted varieties
- Respond proactively to 1) climate change; 2) loss of plant gene integrity due to GMOs; 3) to preserve genetic diversity
How do I request seeds?
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you must now request seeds through email. Please contact Ellie Seaton at emseaton [at] hawaii.edu.
How do I donate seeds?
Please contact Ellie Seaton at emseaton [at] hawaii.edu.
- We only accept GMO-free seeds from non-hybrid plants; commercial seed packets (GMO-free) are also accepted.
- If the donation is saved seed, please fill out this form.
- We will repackage donations into coin envelopes with the information you provided.
Do you accept cuttings or potted plants?
We are not accepting cuttings and plants at this time.
Start Your Own Seed Library
Resources on Seed Saving
Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years. Rejoin the practice -- save seeds and share the abundance in your community.
Seed Saving & Heirloom Veggies
The chef and his two children pull on their boots for a day of discovery at Rancho La Paz, a tiny but glorious farm nestled along the Rio Grande in the southern Rocky Mountains. As they attempt to sample 96 kinds of tomatoes, 32 types of basil and 47 varieties of sweet and spicy peppers, the bounty is ripe for the picking at this experimental organic farm. In a magical tunnel of gourds, the children are transported to the pages of a fairytale amazement. As Chef Wrede helps his kids plant next season's harvest, they get a lesson in how to nurture and preserve seeds for the future. Recipes: Seven-Tomato Gazpacho; Seared Herbed Shrimp; Heirloom Carrot & Beet Sauced Fish.
Call Number: STREAMING ONLINE
Publication Date: 2013
Resources on Home Gardening
The Small Food Garden by
Fresh food straight from the garden--it's got to be good for you. No matter what size your outdoor space, you can plant, grow, and harvest fresh organic produce using the information in this compact book. Included are vegetables, herbs, and fruit, with tips on planting, growing, and caring for each plant. Investigate the options: look at containers, grow bags, raised beds, and window boxes. Discover what to plant where and how to provide water and nutrients to ensure you grow healthy, productive fruit and vegetables. Plant, grow, harvest, and enjoy your own edible garden. Best varieties of vegetables, herbs, and fruit for planting in small spaces. Color photographs of every featured food plant. Create a water-efficient, organic edible garden.
Call Number: Main Collection - 3rd Floor SB453.5 .A59 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-30
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant by
You had one job: watering your new plant. But it's been a week and it's already dying. Fear not! This helpful guide is here to show you how to rescue your plants. Follow the survival tips outlined in this book and you'll be on your way to having your home brimming with green life. It's absolutely possible not to assassinate your houseplant - all you need is this book! From identifying exactly what's in the pot to helping it flourish and grow, this is your guide to creating an oasis of happy, flourishing houseplants. With over 50 different types of popular houseplants, this book summarizes what type of care your plants do (or don't) need. Find out which types of plants will thrive in your living space. You'll also discover how to keep a cactus alive, where to hang air plants, and how to repot succulents. Understand how much light, water, heat, and humidity your plant needs. Whatever your horticulture woes, this book will explain and fix it. Yellowed leaves, drooping leaves, and dried leaves - learn to spot the danger signs and how to take the proper action to rescue your sick plant. Packed with helpful tips, pictures, and information panels, How Not to Kill Your Houseplant will equip you with the skills necessary to raise a healthy plant. Give Your Plants a Chance! If you're horticulturally challenged and can't keep a house plant alive to save your life, then this book is for you! This practical guide to raising indoor plants equips you with the know-how you need to care for your plants. Inside the pages of this comprehensive gardening book from, you'll discover: * Tips on watering and feeding plants. * Advice on how to choose the perfect house plants for your unique space and needs. * Helpful survival tips and simple ways not to kill your plants. * Everything you need to know about lighting for house plants, from natural to artificial lighting sources. * Learn to spot the danger signs in unhealthy indoor plants and the effective techniques on how to rescue them.
Call Number: Main Collection - 3rd Floor SB419 .P36 2017
Publication Date: 2017-08-15
Practical Organic Gardening by
A comprehensive guide to organic gardening practices that focuses on hands-on, up-to-date information and high-quality visual information.
Call Number: Main Collection - 3rd Floor SB453.5 .H537 2017
Publication Date: 2017-12-26
How to Grow Edibles in Containers by
From the author of the internationally successful How to Grow Microgreens, this companion volume is all about growing edible plants when you only have limited space. Fionna grows a huge range of crops throughout the year on her apartment balcony and, as with her previous book, she writes candidly about the successes (and failures), those plants that crop well or not, and she introduces some more unusual varieties such as water chestnut, ginger and tatsoi. With over 45 edible plants described, there is something for all tastes and seasons. Fionna again includes delicious recipes with suggestions on how to use the produce you grow so that you can enjoy salads and cooked vegetables from your garden all year round. There is a chapter on encouraging children to grow their own favourite container edibles (children enjoy vegetables so much more when they have grown them themselves), troubleshooting any issues with your container plants and easy instructions on watering and plant nutrition.
Call Number: Main Collection - 3rd Floor SB324.4 .H55 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
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