“Whatever happens to seeds affects the web of life.” – VANDANA SHIVA
Humans have been harvesting, saving, exchanging, and sowing seeds for over 10,000 years. With the increased shifting of weather patterns worldwide, and the consolidation of the global seed industry, local seed saving and food production will play an important role in filling the gaps from the disruption of global supply and distribution networks.
A local and diverse seed supply increases the resilience of our regional food systems. The practice of saving seeds promotes food access and security by encouraging the community to keep and exchange seeds that are affordable and locally adapted. It also allows community members to understand food production up close and experience food culture differently.
Our Seed Program’s main goal is to build local seed capacity through education and community engagement. Through our program, we support our local gardeners and community organizations to share and maintain the knowledge and skills of this ancient practice.
A seed library is a collection of seeds donated by community members and organizations to be shared with the community. Members request seeds from the library and use them to grow food throughout the growing season. At the end of the season, members collect, dry, clean and save their seeds for personal use and return some to the library. This is how we keep our library stocked for members to use.
HOW IT WORKS
1. Become a Member
Click here to become a member and gain access to our seed library and support our community programs.
2. Request Seeds
Visit the Seed Library
Once your order is ready, you can pick it up from our library at
7611 Ash Street, Richmond, BC (Paulik Park)
3. Saving your seeds
Plant your Seeds
Plant your seeds and go through your growing season as normal. Once your crop is ready to harvest, simply leave some plants in the ground (ideally the healthiest and most productive plants) and allow them to go to seed.
Save your Seeds
Once your crop has produced seeds, you can collect, clean and dry the seeds!
New to saving seeds?
We provide informational resources and workshops throughout the year to help you become a confident seed saver. Click here for resources and here for our list of workshops.
4. Donate Seeds back to our Library
In exchange for providing seeds, we encourage members to donate seeds back to the library at the end of the season. This will help our library maintain a good and diverse seed supply.
Donating seeds is very easy! Follow these simple steps to return your seeds:
- Complete the Seed Donation Form
- Place your seeds in an envelope labelled with your name and contact information
- Drop off the seeds at your convenience into the Seed Program Box outside our office (7611 Ash Street, Richmond)
Note: if you donate more than one variety of seeds, please follow the above process for each type.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 604-244-7377
Considerations For Seed Donations:
- Types of Seed – Our library includes a diverse set of crop varieties. These include a collection of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
- Quantity – Ideally members can return more seeds than they originally borrowed so we can continue to grow the library and support members. We will be happy to accept donations of any size.
- We still welcome donations if you cannot save seeds but have leftover seeds that you have purchased.
COVER CROP PROGRAM
Urban Bounty has created two new cover crops programs: the Cover Crops Relief Program and the Spring and Fall Cover Crops Program.
These programs will help gardeners improve soil health, reduce the establishment of weeds and increase productivity throughout the year.