Seed Library

The Alta Community Library is proud to offer a seed library from April-August of each year. 

What is a Seed Library?

A seed library is a library of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds that circulate throughout our community, with an emphasis on promoting heirloom seeds and native plants. The seed library is intended to encourage thoughtful growing in our community.

How does it work?

With a library card, a patron can check out up to 12 seed packets to take home and plant. Then, using seed saving methods, patrons are encouraged to save the seeds at the end of the season, label them, and bring them back to the library for the following year. Although seed saving isn't required, it's highly encouraged for the sustainability of this program! 

How can I return seeds? 

Seeds should be returned to the library in separate containers, such as envelopes or ziploc bags (please don't mix seeds) and they should be labeled with as much information as possible, including your name and number in case we have questions. For seed saving tips, see the library or organizations such as Seed Savers.

Iowa Seed Library Rules

  1. The exchanges or distributions are made at a single location and no money is exchanged;
  2. All seed is intended for planting in Iowa;
  3. Individuals receive two pounds or less of seed annually;
  4. The seed has not been treated with pesticide;
  5. Patented, protected or propriety varieties of seed are used or included in the qualified seed library only with the permission of the patent or certificate holder, developer or owner of the intellectual property associated with the variety;
  6. The certified seed status is not misused or misrepresented; and
  7. The seed has not been placed under a stop sale order by the department or any other regulatory agency.

Iowa Code 21-40.16