Seed Share

Seed Share Library

Pleasanton Library Adult Information Desk
400 Old Bernal Road, Pleasanton, Ca

Livermore Library - Civic Center
1188 South Livermore Ave, Livermore, Ca

The Seed Share library's seed is provided by club members who grew the plant and saved its seed. The seeds are prepackaged for your convenience. Our goal is to continue the art and tradition of seed saving as a physical act. This act to preserve an heirloom variety through saving its' good seeds will guarentee it to be a good performer in our area. We welcome all open pollinated seed that is not hybrid F1 in origin to be saved. We look forward to offering workshops on seed cleaning in the future. Our seed inventory will change constantly throughout the year.

The seeds are distributed free of charge to our Club members and to the community at large via the Pleasanton and Livermore libraries. The goal is to get people to grow open pollinated seeds and then save the seeds from those plants to share with others. Our choices for purchasing open pollinated seed is becoming more and more limited so this is our effort to change that and also to develop seed that is adapted to our local conditions. So join in the fun! I guarantee you will get to know your fellow garden clubbers better as you sit and sort seeds. Beginners welcome (we are very much learning as we go). Get saving those open pollinated seeds for us please!

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Seed Share Work Party

Wed. Sep 7, 2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Location: Sondra Bierre's home. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Sondra's address.

SeedShare will hold its last packing of the 2022 season on September 7 at 11 a.m. A food sharing follows. Please join us if you can to pack enough seed to get us through the next two months. Job involves filling seeds into envelopes, attaching a label with a stapler. This highly skilled work (LOL) is accompanied by delightful conversation and good eating.

The next seed packing party will be on Wednesday, Sep 7th at 11-1 at Sondra Bierre's home.

For more information or to signup, please email Sondra Bierre. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

Donating Seeds from you Garden

Yes, we need your seeds. Flower, vegetable, herb or bulb, we have an interested community willing to grow them. We especially need herbs and vegetables. Save your heirloom tomato seeds, peppers, basils, parsley, dill, chives, cilantro, lettuce, peas and beans for us. Do not save seed of hybrids (F1) seed as they will not come true. Let the plant go through its life cycle, flower, and dry. This is a slightly messy part but it matures the seed. Then harvest and clean the seed as you can, or contact me to assist you. You can save some for yourself and share the rest. Passing along seeds is a part of a long agriculture tradition. Let's keep it going by seed sharing. We all reap the benefits. Peas lettuce beet this drought!

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Resources

Good links for information on seed starting, seed saving and when to plant in our valley

Super Easy Seed Saving brochure.

The Richmond Public Library has a great Seed Saving program. Check out their website Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library. What's a Seed Lending Library. There are now over 160 open libraries.

Gardening. Botanical Interests has good information on seed starting, edibles, and other things of interest to gardening.

Seed saving handbook.

Seed saving help.

Alameda County Master Gardeners site.

CCC Master Gardeners planting guide. Contra Costa County Master Gardeners planting guide for vegetables in interior California.

Tom Clothier. A great site for germinating perennials, trees, annuals.

Click here to see the the LAVGC Resources page.

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News

Livermore Independent magazine story April, 2015

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