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Haliburton County Seed Library

Borrow. Grow. Return.

Formed in 2013 in partnership with Haliburton in Transition (HINT) and Harvest Haliburton, the Haliburton County Seed Library turns 10 this year!

About the Haliburton County Seed Library

What is a seed library?

A seed library is a source for free, local, open-pollinated, pesticide-free seeds.

How does it work?

Visitors can borrow seeds to grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers for free from the library. All we ask in return is that you harvest seeds from your plants at the end of the growing season to restock our collection. This cycle of borrowing, growing, and returning seeds allows us to offer a healthy selection of locally adapted seeds, year after year.

Where is it located?

The Haliburton County Seed Library is offered at the Dysart, Minden Hills, Stanhope, and Wilberforce library branches.

Need help getting started?

Watch our video on starting seeds:

Online resources for local growing information 

Haliburton County Master Gardeners 

Ontario Gardening

Search our catalogue for gardening books

Seed Library Bookmark Contest Winners

In March, HCPL ran a contest to design a bookmark for our seed library inspired by the prompt “Borrow. Grow. Return”. These bookmarks will be available at your local branch starting in May! Check out our winning designs:

Artist Hollis W. (adult) bookmark with root vegetables in situ botanical illustration in coloured pencil. Artist Laura W. (teen) child with book in lap and a large flower growing out of the book in coloured pencil. Artist Leah A. (child) crayon illustration of green vines with brightly coloured flowers on a black background.